Hard to rack the slide

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by eddielo, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. eddielo

    eddielo New Member

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    As I get older I find it harder to pull back the slide of my 9mm Glock and my 1911 .45. Any ideas apart from taking weight lifting that would make it easier for me? Can a gunsmith add some type of hook or device where I could get a better grip?
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Yes, they can! I don't know what it's called, or how much they cost, because I'm not at toe point where I need it, but that option is available.

    Talk to your local smith about it and find out some more details!
     

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  4. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    Short of altering your guns, consider
    1- Grabbing the slide overhead with the palm heel instead of a pinch (just in case you haven't yet)
    2- Shooting gloves. I actually use batter's gloves, they are light, grip well, and $15 a pair.
     
  5. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Cocking the hammer on the 1911 before racking helps. I dont know what motions you have tried but a double push makes it easier. With the pistol across your chest, grasp the slide with your non dominant hand and the grip in your dominant hand. Push with both hands. Make sure you stay clear of the ejection port. If that does not work make sure your carry gun is a revolver.
     
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  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    As the folks have said- rather than PULL, try PUSH. Video explains-

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHke2hUCaBY[/ame]
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    An old timer's 1911 trick is to set up a three sided block of hard wood that the inside was large enough for the barrel to go into, but not the slide.

    About 3" high, you could set it on the bench and use your body weight to cock it.
     
  8. John_Deer

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  9. Transman

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    I have a charging handle that mounts onto the back of the slide of my G24. Make racking the slide very easy. I can't remember what it is called;my Smith got it for me.I
     
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  11. JW357

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    Good suggestions above.


    I second the revolver idea. ;)
     
  12. eatmydust

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    +1 on the revolver.

    By no means am I advocating getting rid of your Glock or 1911 but, if you are not familiar with revolvers, now is a good time to get familiar.

    I also prefer the high capacity 9mm and/or punch and capacity of a .45 acp. over a revolver for home defense, however, my wife really prefers our .38 spl. revo over the semi's and I won't feel vulnerable if I need to use the wheel gun.

    I don't know if you CC but. a S&W model 60, 442, 642, or Ruger sp101, etc. are pretty decent CC choices.
     
  13. DrFootball

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    You need this accessory I'm about to write a review on for the article section. My last test out is tomorrow outside shooting. It's called a Handi-Racker,..designed by Gunsmith Chris McAnnich in Iowa,..
    Right now he has 4 models out( one for Springfield's and Glocks, one for 1911's, one for Ruger LCP/Kel-Tec P3AT, and one for LC9/LC 380 & Kel-Tec PF-9/P11(which I'm testing) ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1390714657.378525.jpg ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1390714676.562845.jpg
     
  14. WillWork4Ammo

    WillWork4Ammo New Member

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    I had a hell of a time racking the slide on my Kel-Tec P11.One of the reasons why I sold it.
     
  15. GunLover528

    GunLover528 New Member

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    They make special guide rods. In case a women or weaker person can't pull back the slide. Google it
     
  16. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    But it's the Spring, not the rod itself. Any correct sized spring that fits, and work with a Guide Rod, either steel, aluminum alloy or polymer alloy...
    If you want a Gun(Auto) with an easier slide, get a spring with less tension. The only problem with that is, too light a spring tension, yup may have some feeding and ejection issues....
     
  17. mahall

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    I have no problem with chambering my Glock! Just bought a new XDs Springfield 45! And I find it to difficult to rack! Maybe new stiff springs, or the short slide and large Round that's chambered makes it more difficult! Hoping a few hundred rounds down range will loosen her up a bit!!
     
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  18. vincent

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    I've done this from day one since my weak hand thumb is pretty useless from an injury...:cool:

    Pushing instead of pulling is great advice too...:cool:
     
  19. mahall

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    Personally, if I need gloves to rack a slide, The gun has to go bye bye! I will stay with the ugly guns!!


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