Emergency Reload - To look or not to look at the handgun while reloading...

Emergency Reload - To look or not to look at the handgun while reloading...

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    Emergency Reload - To look or not to look at the handgun while reloading...

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    My training with both the auto pistol and revolver is that I dont look at the gun or ammo.
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    My instructor (POST instructor) trained me to bring the weapon into my line of sight while keeping eye on threat, tilt weapon to ease insertion of mag, lock mag into place and (using GROSS MOTOR SKILLS) bring off hand to top of slide and rack slide to end up back on target.

    Fine motor skills in combat are diminished and as a result, using the slide lock may well prove to be difficult. If you train to use gross motor skills you are training to use the skills most likely to not fail you under stress.
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    Realistically? I don't need to look at the gun if I'm reloading a magazine in a handgun or rifle fed by a detachable box magazine. If I'm reloading a revolver or a clip-fed long gun (e.g., Mosin-Nagant, Swiss K-31, Garand), I need to see what I'm doing.
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    Lots of trainers teach you not to look during the reload. Many teach like 357and40 mentioned (and that's how I was trained). My theory is I'd hate be trying to be tacticool and not bring the gun up and watch the magazine go into the pistol and fumble the reload - meaning I don't have a gun to fight with as soon as I should- and then end up dying as a result.
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    Remember watching a vid with a vet that came home in a wheelchair at a training facility. He ran out of ammo while in the open, stopped to reload and was looking at his weapon while doing it, and then he looked up just in time to see an insurgent hit him with a burst of fire. Hard way to learn that lesson. He wasn't bitter, just stated he wished he was trained better in boot/ITS (maybe he didn't hear it or it wasn't drilled in enough), and he took it upon himself to learn the right way.
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    I had to watch it twice to get any info from it. I was hypnotized by the fantastic mustache.
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    ...it's best to train to reload w/o looking...by feel...prepares you for if it's at night and if you need to be watching the BG or area...it's not hard with a handgun...with a long gun, might take a bit more time...
    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Realistically? I don't need to look at the gun if I'm reloading a magazine in a handgun or rifle fed by a detachable box magazine. If I'm reloading a revolver or a clip-fed long gun (e.g., Mosin-Nagant, Swiss K-31, Garand), I need to see what I'm doing.
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    Bring gun to work space.

    Look THROUGH the gun at the target.

    Use peripheral vision during reload.

    If you have done any training at all, you should be able to perform an emergency reload with your eyes closed. As the man said, it's a big hole that is hard to miss. Also, as was stated, you don't want to be juggling and fumbling under stress. Looking "through" the gun allows you to keep eyes on target and still have just enough of the gun in your line of sight to facilitate the reload.
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    Muscle memory goes a long way in reloading with out looking.
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    Look only if you have to. Best to keep your eyes on the threat. Don't agree with him about using the slide lock to release the slide. This is a complex motor skill and they deteriorate under stress. After inserting the fresh mag it's very efficient to roll your hand up and pull the slide back to release it. This is a gross motor skill, large muscle group type movement and they don't break down near as much under extreme stress.Train like a target shooter, react like a target shooter. Train like a gunfighter, react like a gun fighter. My humble opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nedrgr21 View Post
    Remember watching a vid with a vet that came home in a wheelchair at a training facility. He ran out of ammo while in the open, stopped to reload and was looking at his weapon while doing it, and then he looked up just in time to see an insurgent hit him with a burst of fire. Hard way to learn that lesson. He wasn't bitter, just stated he wished he was trained better in boot/ITS (maybe he didn't hear it or it wasn't drilled in enough), and he took it upon himself to learn the right way.
    I recall the same video... I believe he was in a Pat Rogers training course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 357and40 View Post
    My instructor (POST instructor) trained me to bring the weapon into my line of sight while keeping eye on threat, tilt weapon to ease insertion of mag, lock mag into place and (using GROSS MOTOR SKILLS) bring off hand to top of slide and rack slide to end up back on target.

    Fine motor skills in combat are diminished and as a result, using the slide lock may well prove to be difficult. If you train to use gross motor skills you are training to use the skills most likely to not fail you under stress.
    This is the way I was taught with one addition...

    When grasping the magazine from the carrier ensure your forefinger is straight up the front of the mag body to help guide insertion into the mag well. In order to do this correctly your magazines must be loaded correctly into the mag carrier.
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