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Slingshot or Slide Release?

This is a discussion on Slingshot or Slide Release? within the Defensive Carry & Tactical Training forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm not sure how unloading the gun ensures it's loaded???? I'm also not sure what the problem with press checking would be, IF DONE CORRECTLY. ...

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    I'm not sure how unloading the gun ensures it's loaded????

    I'm also not sure what the problem with press checking would be, IF DONE CORRECTLY.

    It is commonly taught and common wisdom that if you anticipate your gun will be needed, to press check it, just to be sure. Masod Ayoob tells of several true stories where in one case, failing to press check caused an officer to be shot because his gun didn't fire. A press check would have prevented that.

    In another case, and old timer and a newbie were about to serve a warrant and the old timer advised the newbie to press check his gun. The neewbie said he just loaded it when the shift started, but the old timer insisted. The newbie did a press check and was mortified to find the chamber empty.

    Does he have a better way to check the gun than press checking?
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    Being originally NAVY trained in 1956, I use the slide release. I never heard of slingshot until recently.
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    Tangle - his point wasn't to empty my weapon. It was to show that instead of press checking a weapon; you should cycle the slide if you are unsure whether its loaded or not. This will ensure that the bullet seats properly and that the weapon is cocked properly. I continue to press check because I believe it is a valuable habit.

    Rob's reaction to my press in class was so animated, I couldn't resist the opportunity to rib him a bit. BTW - I highly recommend his classes. They are both informative and teach great gun handling skills.
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    I know, mostly said in jest. So what do you do with the ejected round?

    Isn't the purpose of press checking to see if there is a round in the chamber? If you rack the slide, you eject a round, if it's in the chamber, and then how do you know one fed back in?

    I have never seen or heard of a press check causing a problem, although, if it can happen, I'm sure it has. But, I have seen a some incidents where a round didn't feed from the mag for various reasons. So racking the slide does not necessarily guarantee a loaded chamber. Most likely yes, but....
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    I have trained myself to slingshot silently.

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    Okay, I've read all 4 pages so far... I now have a headache!

    Seriously, it makes one really think about why they do what they do! I'm going to revisit both methods and pay closer attention to the benefits and disadvantages of both.
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    LOL! I understand!

    Good idea though - trying both. As you do see which method offers greatest access to the chamber both visibly and tactile (by feel).

    Also notice which one offers most flexibility. Also, you might want to set up a 'stove pipe' and see which way you'd rather clear it.

    Get back to us.
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