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Old 09-10-2008, 11:31 PM   #1
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In my youth,I used to shoot quite a lot.Gave up shooting for about 20 years or so.Decided it was time to get back into it.Been shooting almost two years.About 9 years ago,I had an accident and lost half of my thumb on my right hand.considering,I`m pretty functional,but can not use mag or slide release with-out the use of my other hand.Are there any drills to help compensate?



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Old 09-11-2008, 12:10 AM   #2
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Well, I don't know the name of the drill, persay, but I was taught that you don't use your same hand to use the slide release, I was always taught the "over the top" slide rack method.

Later on, when I started getting formal pistol training, "Hot Reloads", where you change mags with one still in the chamber, was done by dumping your mag to the ground, prior to the last round being fired, and pulling a spare mag from your belt and inserting it with the left ( in my case because I shoot right handed ) hand, and even if necessary, racking the slide left handed.

With a little modification, the same drill could be done with your "off" hand. Dump the mag, reload, and rack the slide with the "off" hand while your primary hand never leaves the optimum position for getting rounds down range.

We have several certified pistol trainers here that are members. I am sure a couple of them will stop by and give you some detailed information.

Best of luck -

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In my youth,I used to shoot quite a lot.Gave up shooting for about 20 years or so.Decided it was time to get back into it.Been shooting almost two years.About 9 years ago,I had an accident and lost half of my thumb on my right hand.considering,I`m pretty functional,but can not use mag or slide release with-out the use of my other hand.Are there any drills to help compensate?

It's really going to depend on the gun. My CZ75B will release the mag using my middle finger of my primary hand, leaving the other hand available to insert another mag. I shoot both left & right handed, however I must shoot right handed to perform the mag change as describbed. However, my CZ83 has an ambidextrious mag release so it will perform a mag drop from either hand. Now, to prevent your slide from locking open just drop your mag while you still have a round chambered.

Your shooting right handed shouldn't be all that difficult. Learn to use your left thumb to activate the mag release and let your mag drop to the ground (or table). And use your left hand (as usual) to release your slide if it's locked open.
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Dango,

I thought I'd try to illustrate in photos to see if this helps you any...


Here you see the slide is locked OPEN. I slightly rotate the pistol so I can reach the mag release with my middle finger. NOTICE my thumb is doing NOTHING. The mag drops free, and I insert a new mag with my left hans AND release the mag lock with my LEFT thumb, or simply pull back on the slide.

Here you see the pistol has a round in the chamber and ready to fire. However I'm on my last shot, so I simply rotate the pistol SLIGHTLY to gain access to the release. You MUST be SUPER CAREFUL here. The pistol is LOADED and UNLOCKED! This is VERY DANGEROUS and I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS! I always put my SAFETY on BEFORE I drop a mag with a round in the chamber!


Here is your BEST OPTION, Lock the SAFETY, and remove your trigger finger!
Now you can SAFELY drop your mag with a round in the chamber. Never, EVER, EVER, EVER, point your pistol anywhere but a safe direction.
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DANGO,

This is LEFT HANDED shooting & mag dropping...


This is actually faster and easier for me to drop a mag as I am naturally left handed anyway.


Here you see I use my left trigger finger to release the mag. Because when shooting left-handed, your trigger finger also is your mag-drop finger as well. At least on a CZ75B. This is a lot safer and FASTER if you happen to be in a hurry.
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Well,I`m shooting Glocks.I`ve just got to be extra carefull.I don`t have a problem until I change the mag.Instead of just ejecting it seems I have to take two extra steps,while being aware of muzzel waveing.A freind wants me to try IDPA. this winter.It may not even be an issue,but it takes a lot of consiuos effort to keep that muzzel wave minimal when ever I engage my left hand.Ill keep working on it and we will see this winter.GREAT PICS AND ADVICE.THANKS

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Well,I`m shooting Glocks.I`ve just got to be extra carefull.I don`t have a problem until I change the mag.Instead of just ejecting it seems I have to take two extra steps,while being aware of muzzel waveing.A freind wants me to try IDPA. this winter.It may not even be an issue,but it takes a lot of consiuos effort to keep that muzzel wave minimal when ever I engage my left hand.Ill keep working on it and we will see this winter.GREAT PICS AND ADVICE.THANKS
You are welcome!

Sorry I didn't have a Glock to illustrate magazine drops...


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