Monday, November 10, 2008

"I can't reach the mag release without shifting my grip."

Well, neither can Dave Sevigny, and it doesn't seem to be slowing him down.

Quit whining and train. ;)

12 comments:

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

One advantage us lefties have. We can reach the mag and slide release on many models easier.

I still need more training.

pdb said...

Why would you want a magazine release that you can activate from your master grip?

That seems like a tremendous invitation to fail.

I have started hitting the magazine release with the thumb on my non-dominant hand. It's up there to rip the magazine out anyway. (I do not rely on gravity to remove my magazines for me.) Plus, this avoids that one handed 'gun flip' to get the mag release under the thumb. The master grip should only be surrendered on rare and solemn occasions.

(IMHO, IMLE, get some damn training from a professional, etc etc).

Ahab said...

SO. FAST.

I want my (currently theoretical) children to ask me if they can be as fast as Dave Sevigny when they grow up.

"Only if you eat all your vegetables and pray to the Ghost of John Wayne, little Ahab."

Tam said...

PDB,

"Why would you want a magazine release that you can activate from your master grip?

That seems like a tremendous invitation to fail.
"

True 'dat. There are two controls on your semiauto pistol that are designed to make it malf. One jams the slide in the aft position, one dumps all your ammo on the ground. You don't want them where you can accidentally hit them while shooting.


"I have started hitting the magazine release with the thumb on my non-dominant hand."

I used to, but then I started doing more one-hand drills and figured that it's easier to have one way to operate the controls when shooting right-handed and one way when shooting left handed and not bother coming up with a third, special way for shooting both-handed.

(I have the hardest time making myself trust my mags to just drop free, but as long as I let them, they do.)

cjrmultigun said...

"Why would you want a magazine release that you can activate from your master grip?"

Because it is a little bit faster not to have to shift your grip. Although, as Mr. Sevigny ably demonstrates, not by much...

I'm sure y'all have seen the video of Travis Tomasie executing a speed reload, then catching the expended magazine before it hits the ground.

Train hard!

Somerled said...

I'm always thankful it is out of the way and make certain it has a hefty spring on it, too. There's nothing more aggravating than not having a magazine, except perhaps not having an entire slide. I've seen that once on a police range with a Beretta 92F.

Charles Pergiel said...

Somethin' wrong here? Picture #1, slide back, shell going. Picture #2, mag falling, slide forward?!?! I would think you would seat the new mag first and then release the slide, I mean if you are all about speed, wouldn't you?

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Lefties just crook that Social Finger back to release a mag. Though I do have problems with jamming with other digits interfering with the slide release. Stupid User!

deadcenter said...

Charles:

He didn't shoot to slide lock, your seeing an empty mag fall free, but there's already a round in the chamber and your seeing him replace an empty mag with a full one.

dc

Charles Pergiel said...

That's kind of what I figured (eventually), but what a pain! Having to keep track of how many rounds you'd fired? Little bit too much like work for me. But then I don't shoot in competitions.

Julie said...

i put an extended mag release on my gun can reach it fine now ... and as we're limited to 10 round mags keeping track of how many you've shot isn't that hard ... not sure how i'ld go if i had to count higher :)

T.Stahl said...

I started pressing the mag release with my right hand's middle finger a few years ago. Works nicely with my Glock and x-esse.

Oh, and my guns point towards the target even when changing mags.