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Slide Stop Reload: Which Thumb Do I Use And Why?

This is a discussion on Slide Stop Reload: Which Thumb Do I Use And Why? within the Defensive Carry & Tactical Training forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by gasmitty 99.9% of the time when a reload is required in competition , I'm skipping the slide lock lever and using a ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    99.9% of the time when a reload is required in competition , I'm skipping the slide lock lever and using a slingshot action on the slide.
    But, but, but...

    I'm all for someone doing what works easiest and best for them, no matter what flaws someone else may feel that action or method may have. Consistency is important. I can't say what manner of dropping the slide I may use under any circumstance, thus why I use both the release and slingshoting. It's not rocket science, I'll get the job done, and if the slide happens to drop on an empty chamber, I'll just think "Oh crap" as I slingshot it again.
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    Applegate taught me to forcefully double tap the magazine base when doing a speed reload to insure the magazine is properly seated.
    This was in 1996.
    Then and now I find that on my Glock 19 ó and I have owned 2 others since thenóthis will cause the slide to go forward on itís own about 95% of the time.
    Thatís the good news.
    Bad news is that sometimes it will not pick up a round.
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    I have been using the slide stop with the support hand to release the slide since I was taught that way in the Army with a 1911. It is a faster more intuitive reload than the slingshot method. It works with Glocks, M&P's and 1911's, I don't care about the other platforms because I don't shoot them, though I know how to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrabbyOldGuy View Post
    My son swears the thing is simply a rest for his thumb. Whether the slide locks back and how it gets cycled, it has no part of the equation for him. I would correct him except heís finishing his second mag before Iím done with my mag change (and, Iím actually pretty quick).
    He would be even faster if he used the slide release.
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    I can say from experience that an adrenaline dump will significantly inhibit fine motor skills. Every defensive handgun skill Iíve acquired over many decades requires only gross motor skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Bob View Post
    I have been using the slide stop with the support hand to release the slide since I was taught that way in the Army with a 1911. It is a faster more intuitive reload than the slingshot method. It works with Glocks, M&P's and 1911's, I don't care about the other platforms because I don't shoot them, though I know how to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJK View Post
    I can say from experience that an adrenaline dump will significantly inhibit fine motor skills. Every defensive handgun skill Iíve acquired over many decades requires only gross motor skills.
    Reloads are not a fine motor skill, tightening screws on your glasses is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Bob View Post
    Reloads are not a fine motor skill, tightening screws on your glasses is.
    You'd think it was watching people try to find that mag well with the top of the mag trying to get it inserted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzQkr View Post
    You'd think it was watching people try to find that mag well with the top of the mag trying to get it inserted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Bob View Post
    Reloads are not a fine motor skill, tightening screws on your glasses is.
    LOL! That is funny!
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    My training involved racking the slide back and releasing it, not using the slide stop. This gives the slide a slightly longer run and fully compresses the recoil spring for positive feeding from the magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired badge 1 View Post
    My training involved racking the slide back and releasing it........
    My training (and Gramps, since we went to schools together) required us to reload before slide lock. Or we were DONE....at least with that exercise! I also know that in the heat of battle one is not always able to keep count of the number of shots, and slide lock "happens." I HATE IT when it happens to me in a competition, though!

    Back to the OP's video: With one exception I slingshot the slide.

    (That exception is my Ruger Mark IV Lite because unless my adrenaline is really flowing fast and furious I cannot pull the bolt back to release it and load a round from a new magazine. It's not a carry gun anyway, and with the way it sometimes still refuses to work properly after much time, returns to Ruger, and after market parts, it's not a competition gun either. It is a too expensive plinker.)
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    Off hand no messy around with slide lock or decocker but I'm thumb over thumb so what do I know.

    Plus, I may need my off hand for a parry or a grab or a push off or to fix my undies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retired badge 1 View Post
    My training involved racking the slide back and releasing it, not using the slide stop. This gives the slide a slightly longer run and fully compresses the recoil spring for positive feeding from the magazine.
    Depends on the pistol. A 1911 is already all the way back, I use the slide stop/release on my Glock and it works fine.
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