Various ways to cycle a slide???

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    Various ways to cycle a slide???

    I have been watching competition shooters for a while and some of them cycle the slide in a way that just looks awesome. Look at this video of Todd Jarrett, at 1:27, the slide cycle he uses looks awesome and like he's in full control of that firearm. I've also seen some Team Glock shooters do this. What type/style of slide cycle is this? Does he have an extremely light recoil spring or something (I can't even move my 1911 slide from that position)?

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    Real men use their teeth. :) Having actually used a 1911 in combat I can assure you that no matter how many fancy methods you learn to rack a slide, they will not work when death is descending upon you. One of the valuable lessons learned in Nam is to carry more than one gun as you rarely have enough time to do all the fancy things you practiced in safety. I usually have an NAA mini revolver or snub nose in my pocket when I carry a single stack 9mm.
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    Make up your own cool way... like off your face. Lol.

    I've seen people do it that way as well, and many other ways. Never really took notice to how or way.

    I do the way that works for me :)

    Interested in knowing why they are able to do it that way with such ease though!

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    I watched the vid at the 1:25 mark several times, and didn't see anything noteworthy. He stripped the mag, and it cut to him holstering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    I watched the vid at the 1:25 mark several times, and didn't see anything noteworthy. He stripped the mag, and it cut to him holstering.
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    If the gun is set up for light training or competition loads, the recoil spring will be commensurately lighter. I shoot fairly peppy .45 reloads in my steel matches so I use a standard-weight spring in my 1911. I'm far from a weakling and there's no way I can cycle the slide with the ease that he does. My guess is that he's got that gun set up for soft loads.
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    It just tried that with my Browning Hi Power. I cut my thumb.
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    As an ex university instructor, the OP's response is amusing. Reminds me of lectures that I gave about topic 'a' followed by questions about topic 'b'.

    All ribbing aside, that was a great video on footwork, but, yes, he did slickly rack his slide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    It just tried that with my Browning Hi Power. I cut my thumb.
    I'm sorry - I can't stop laughing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    It just tried that with my Browning Hi Power. I cut my thumb.
    Beats blowing a hole in your hand. Which looks like a very good way for that to happen if something goes wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    It just tried that with my Browning Hi Power. I cut my thumb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Watch Closer.
    OK, it happened at 1:28.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wunderneun View Post
    Beats blowing a hole in your hand. Which looks like a very good way for that to happen if something goes wrong.
    Hardly. Might be tough to see in this vid, but if you watch Todd in his other videos, you'll see he never gets his body parts close to the muzzle.
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    That just looks like a method waiting for an accident.

    Too late for PEF
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    I learned two methods, and two methods only: slingshot via the rear slide serrations, or the over-hand forward jam. If the former fails to be effective on a given gun with heavy springs, the latter never does. Haven't found a need to fool with what works. And the "over-hand" method is one of those gross motor skills things, hard to foul up under pressure. Like the quote in the film Remember The Titans: "I run 6 plays ... It's like novocain. Just give it time, always works."
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