How to Reload Semi-Auto Pistols Rapidly & Safely

In this episode of Smith & Wesson's GUNSMARTS, pro shooter Julie Golob teaches the secrets to a safe rapid reload.

posted on October 5, 2021

Have you ever watched a pro shooter like Team Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob swap out her magazines on the fly and thought to yourself, "If only I could do that"? The fact of the matter is that you can! Although Golob is a world-class shooter with a roomful of trophies who can reload almost quickly enough to fool the eye ... she was a beginner once herself. 

Changing the magazine on your semi-automatic pistol from empty to full is sometimes called "swapping mags" or "reloading." (Don't confuse that use of "reloading" with the practice of handloading your own ammunition ... they're very different.) It's an extremely useful skill even if you are not a competitive shooter; self-defenders are often called upon to change magazines that are low or out of ammo. What's more, it's a useful skill that you can perform safely and quickly.

This episode of S&W's GUNSMARTS series has some terrific common-sense advice that both new shooters and women with some experience under their gunbelts can use. The secret, as Golob explains, is to break down the motion into a series of efficient and easily repeatable steps. Over time, you can build muscle memory such that these efficient steps blur into one smooth, safe reload. 

Latest

Target With Rifle Holes
Target With Rifle Holes

Points of Impact: October 16, 2021

ICYMI: Pro Shooter Jerry Miculek on Long-Range Shooting; Hypothermia Hype; "Blood Falls" and more ....

The Pros and Cons of Keeping Gun Secure at Home

You know you need to keep your guns safe and secure when they’re not in use. But how?

October Spooky Series: Blood Falls

Why is a glacier in Antarctica bleeding?

The Armed Citizen® October 15, 2021

An armed woman witnessing an attack on another woman was compelled to intervene.

Blanket Junkies, Rejoice: Realtree EDGE Comforter Set

You know who you are, and you know there's room in your linen closet for one more.

The Wild Sheep Foundation's Women Hunters—Anything But Sheepish

Twelve first-time women hunters took part in the WSF’s Women Hunt program in which they had the opportunity to harvest a whitetail doe.

Women's Interests



Get the best of NRA Women delivered to your inbox.