Here's a video we put together on "tactical reload".
Here's a video we put together on "tactical reload".
I appreciate you posting the video on Tactical Reloads. Many shooters have never been trained nor experienced practicing a tactical reload. I however have a question and a comment...
Question...A "tac reload" is done after you've been in a fight, to insure that your weapon has a full magazine loaded to continue the fight if necessary...Am I correct?
I have been taught, in MY training, the acronym of F.A.S.T.... Fight...Assess...Scan...Topoff..... You've had the FIGHT...you ASSESS the situation to see if you need to fight anymore...you SCAN (I was taught a 360 scan)....then you TOPOFF (tactical reload)...
The scan I was taught was a FULL 360 scan...I notice you just did a 180...What happens if you have more FIGHT coming at you from the rear? Only doing a 180, aren't you leaving yourself open?
I also was taught, when I topoff, let the mag in the weapon fall free, while accessing the new mag and slamming home. I have small hands and it's a bit difficult to hold both mags between fingers, etc. It might be feasible for me with a single stack mag, however my EDC is a G19, double stack mag...I drop the mag while accessing the new mag, slam it home, squat while keeping my Situational Awareness working, and pick up the mag I dropped. Thoughts?
Again, thanks for posting, because ALL of us need to be reminded to practice things like this and incorporate scanning into the procedure...
You hit the nail on the head with your last statement, folks should practice these things.
Thanks for posting the vid.
In my personal opinion, a tactical reload is rarely necessary in the civilian SD setting, but it doesn't hurt to know how to do it properly.
Just like holstering your handgun, it does not need to be done at high speed. It should certainly be done efficiently, but it does not need to be like lightening. You are "topping off" AFTER you have assesed the situation to be at least relatively safe. If it isn't safe, there is absolutly NO reason to do it.
First Sgt, how about this method. Rather than dropping the partial mag on the deck, pull it from the gun with your support hand on the way back for the fresh mag. You can tuck it in a pocket or behind your belt. I have found this method almost as smooth as juggling two mags and it prevents that partial mag from impacting a hard surface or getting dirt in a mag that MAY be reused in the fight.
OP, this is just a civilian Joe off the street saying this, but if I am still scanning and looking for active threats, ain't no way I am holstering my handgun. If I have assesed the situation and have determined that it is safe to reholster, I will always "look" the gun back in. It is all well and good for the arm and hand to know how to do it, but I usually like to give them a little supervision - just to be safe.
I can see the logic behind letting the original magazine fall, but if I'm not under duress then I'd take the time to hold onto that mag and place it in my mag holster/pocket/whatever. Otherwise you'll have to look down and pick it up, ripe for a attack.
Now, if I start taking fire I might let it drop because my concern is solely on putting more bullets in my gun to engage the threat.
Thanks much for watching. I mention that the tactical reload should be done when there is a definitive lull in the fight or if you're behind cover. There is definitely a full 360 scan to ascertain that there is in fact such a lull, otherwise, you can not execute a tactical reload as you may be engaged from different angles. Again, my video presupposes a scan, but I should have been more clear. I will definitely add a comment to this effect on the video.
I really appreciate your comments. Waiting for someone to point out that I need a new camcorder (it has seen better days):)
Obviously, if you are still on red alert, you will not re-holster your handgun...this is a given. I was merely making a point. Once you have ascertained that the fight is over, I still do not see the need to look at the holster during re-holstering (I want my senses focused on my environment). Again, it's a training issue. If you do it enough, you will not have to look. The operative word is slow...as such, you can always thread the cavernous holster with your handgun. Thank you for your comment and for watching.
First Sgt., like the others, I am also in-favor of you going to a "reload with retention," especially if all you have on your person is one spare magazine - with more than one, I'd say that the retention becomes a luxury, but still, one never knows (hence "check-360"), right? :wink:
With that said, I also have smaller hands. A pair of size 8 and 1/2 surgical gloves fits me literally skin-tight.
I'm wondering exactly which portion of the tactical reload, with double-stackers, is giving you problems. For me, since I'm a newer shooter, it was a lack of understanding of the finer mechanics of the execution of the tactical reload that was actually what was causing me problems. For one, I was anticipating receiving the partially spent magazine from the pistol just a bit too much, and thus did not have a good high grip - with a lack of correspondingly deep seating of the magazine's base in my palm - in indexing the incoming full magazine. This caused the incoming magazine to bobble, which then leads to further insecurity in gripping the outgoing magazine....
Getting a full purchase on the incoming magazine, properly indexing it as with any other reload, is critical, and it literally took me a year and a half - until this summer's 6 days that I spent with Chris Costa - for me to realize this fundamental error.
Also, something else that really helped was DRM's advice to "drop the gun on the full magazine," instead of trying to raise the magazine up into the magwell.
Not sure that will help you, but it's worked for me, and I just thought that I'd pass it along. :smile:
A tactical reload can be a real life saver. I would only do it from cover, not just a lull in the fighting. Back in the revolver days we were taught "continuity of fire" Fire 2 reload 2 etc. I carried loops and speed loaders.
The only question I have is why do you press your non gun hand to your chest? I have always trained to keep it lower nearer to the gunbelt.
Thanks for posting.