Slingshot or Slide Release?

Slingshot or Slide Release?

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    Slingshot or Slide Release?

    I saw this on another forum and I thought it was a very interesting poll. Do you slingshot or use your Slide Release?


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    Mainly slingshot / over hand (pending on terminology), unless working on one handed drills. My thing is that since my off hand is all ready out there working the mag change I might as well use it and not risk fiddling with the slide release.

    However, if I work realy hard on it, and practice a whole lot, I am a hair faster getting the gun back into play working the slide release, but faster is not always better.

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    Slide release. Being LH'ed it is easy for me to hit the switch and is faster.
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    Slingshoting seems to work for me just a little better.
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    i use slingshot because its a larger movement & good habit to get into simply because if you need it in a high stress situation (aka your being shot at) then large movements are a LOT easier to do. You dont want to miss the slide release

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    I voted 'slide-release'......but I really do use and practice both. IMO both are necessary skills WRT auto-loaders.

    I generally use the slide-release more often than slingshotting due to range restrictions at some of the ranges I have used. Some RSO's and rangemasters get grumpy after some doofus has screwed up on his/her range that day "slingshotting" and/or not being smart/safe earlier that day before I showed up.

    I'll use both methods during firearm qualifications "just because".
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    Being a South Paw I used to be big into sling shot due to focus and conditioning of gross motor skills.
    However the nice thing about constantly going to training and learning differn't techniques is you get to pick whats best for you.

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    Slide release. Being LH'ed it is easy for me to hit the switch and is faster.
    However, if rocky is refering to the same technique taught at LFI for us South paws I agree with him 100%, or if you got something new I'm all ears.

    I've been using this method in IDPA mathes for the last couple of months and found it much faster than a typical slingshot.

    The techniqe is:

    After your at slide lock and you have reached and your inserting your magazine into the gun.

    Once the magazine is fully inserted into the gun, you squeeze your Right Hand (thats a lefties weakhand) Sometimes you have to slightly tilt the gun a little. When you squeeze your right hand one of fingers will release the slide catch on the left side of the gun.

    Now you still have two hands on the gun.

    You simple clap or almost roll your hands back together to re-establish a shooting grip.

    I due believe that technique is 2X3 times faster doing a reload than slingshot and still utilizes gross motor skills. Due to squeezing your entire hand to release the slide stop rather than one digit (i.e. Finger or thumb). Its also fairly easy to master if your shooting a 1911 or a Glock. I have lost time missing the two fingers completetly trying to conduct a reload using slingshot. This equates to seconds off the clock.
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    Here comes my noobness, but can all semi autos sling shot? I was trying it out on my S&W sigma and it just wasn't working... the only way to re-engage the slide (thats prlly not the right word either) is to use the slide release. maybe i'm not doing it right. Help?
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    I voted slingshot,but use both...more the slingshot though

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    Cool

    I guess I would say slide release.
    Although in reality, I 'squeeze cock' my HK P7 which releases the slide forward.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SilenceDoGood View Post
    Here comes my noobness, but can all semi autos sling shot? I was trying it out on my S&W sigma and it just wasn't working... the only way to re-engage the slide (thats prlly not the right word either) is to use the slide release. maybe i'm not doing it right. Help?
    Any gun semi that locks the slide after the last shot can be sling shot recharged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    Any gun semi that locks the slide after the last shot can be sling shot recharged.
    My new Ruger 22/45 MK3 will not release the slide by slingshotting, the only way to release the slide once it's in slide lock is to press the slide release button.

    The slide release is not under spring tension, and has a detent holding it in position, be that position engaged or disengaged. You could pull back on the slide till the cows come home, it wouldn't work.

    Before I bought this, I'd have agreed with you... and yeah, it bugs the heck out of me. Still, the thing eats everything I've tried to feed it so far, and is much more accurate than I am... I'll get used to using the slide release.
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    cmidkiff, thanks. Guess I stand corrected. Most will slingshot , though.
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    The instructor at my gun safety class recommended using the "slingshot," or more specifically the overhand method of slide release. He cited the reason mentioned above: gross motions are easier to make than subtle ones.

    However, the main reason I practice slingshot is because of my carry gun. Glocks, by default, have a lever designed to be more of a slide catch than a slide release. I don't feel like ordering an extended slide release lever for my glock, so slingshot it is!

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