Tactical Reloading Practice

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    Talking Tactical Reloading Practice

    The thread over in tactical training about reloading practice got me thinking about my personal expertise in this subject. Well, not quite.

    I decided one day to do some serious reloading (and shooting practice) and got out a full size 1911. Shot it, reloaded, all kinds of ways. Then started working on how fast I could reload it if I ran it dry, so I'm dropping mags out and just hammering the new ones in.

    So, I go to my regular carry gun, my Colt Defender which, of course, has an Officer's length grip on it. I proceed to roar all the ammo out of it, drop the mag, slam in a new mag -- and at that moment, I realize that
    1. the grip frame is shorter than my Government model
    2. my little finger sits right on the edge of the bottom of the Defender's grip frame
    3. I had not held my little finger out away from the frame when I rammed the new magazine in place
    4. a good portion of skin on my little finger is now wedged between the steel magazine baseplate and the bottom of the grip frame

    I find the mag release, get everything down on the table next to me so I'm safe and clear, and then I decide that I will yell and jump around a while.

    Worst part was telling my wife what had happened.

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    Hahaha - (sorry!) - but that is funny in retrospect!

    Better that slip tho than the ubiquitous thumb taken down to the bone with slide ''surgery'' It's reminding me somehow of an ouch of my own but forget what the heck it was now - well, apart from M1A/Hakim/FAL 'bolt finger'!

    Still very ouch tho!
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    Holy Ow, Batman!!!!

    My buddy and I were plinkin and I was practicing shooting with my Surefire in my weak hand coupled under. My buddy decides to try it out also and while I'm turned around walkin back to get my soda, I hear the report, my friend yowl, and then the flashlight skitter by on the ground.

    This smart guy had placed his flashlight wrist overtop of his shooting wrist and placed it DIRECTLY behind the slide (not under the wrist). It smacked his wrist so hard that it knocked the flashlight clear of his hand. Bruised his wrist pretty bad and he dropped my gun in the dirt.

    He maintains that he learned his lesson but I told him he's not shooting my gun again until he takes a safety class. Not to mention what I had to do to get all of the Arizona sand/dirt/cinder out of my gun.

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    OUCH OUCH OUCH!

    David, that hurts just reading about it!
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    Wait is this a AD or and A #%@#!
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    I have removed some skin from my hand with my 1911 pattern Sa exactly the same way. My buddy did the thumb -to -slide move with my PT140. Bleed all over.
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    Sometimes it just sucks to learn lessons the hard way, but then again they are ones we never forget. Not to mention how funny they are to watch others learn.
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    Been there

    Been there, done that. Still hurts remembering.
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    I've accedently closed a slide on my finger (was one of the P series that I had, you have to push the do-hicky down in the mag well to strip it).

    That hurt but the most amazing thing was that the slide closed in "slow motion" or so it seems, it was crystal clear to me.

    Wayne

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    At sometime or another, past or future everbody will do an owie. I have never done the same one twice.

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    Funny stuff...but brings up a good point. Practice as much as possible with the pieces that we actually carry. Sure....we all have fun with our full sized pistols as well....but unless we are carrying them, our practice shoud focus on our 24/7 guns.
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    I was handling a 1911 as I have done a hundred times. Racked the slide back on an empty mag, removed the mag, cleared the weapon visually and physically, grasped the weapon by the slide to hand to a friend for inspection when the slide slammed home with the web of my hand between my thumb and index finger snuggly in the breech.

    That felt real good.

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    I've caught the had once or twice with a few various guns over the years

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    DOH!

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    2. my little finger sits right on the edge of the bottom of the Defender's grip frame
    3. I had not held my little finger out away from the frame when I rammed the new magazine in place
    4. a good portion of skin on my little finger is now wedged between the steel magazine baseplate and the bottom of the grip frame
    You do understand that this behavure on your part can turn a nice pistol that normaly feeds on about anything " anaorexic " ... I strongly recommend you dont make a habit of it LOL
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