Video: Ultimate Technique to Rack a Semi-Auto's Slide

Don't be discouraged because you think you can't manipulate the slide on a semi-automatic pistol. You can do this!

posted on November 9, 2020

We’ve all seen it or even experienced it: the awkward manipulation of what feels like an impossible-to-operate semi-automatic pistol slide. No matter how committed you are to grasping, twisting and yanking the slide, even as you grimace and grunt until your arms shake and sweat is running down your brow, you may end up relenting and ultimately "settling" for a revolver. Not that revolvers aren't an adequate choice in a defensive gun—in fact, you'll get extraordinary firepower out of many revolver chamberings—but if you were counting on the additional rounds offered in most semi-automatic concealed-carry pistols, you'll wind up disappointed. 

Although this phenomenon of experiencing difficulty racking a slide occurs with men, too, it is more common among women, with blame typically assigned to our inherently weaker upper body strength and hand strength. And that would be a viable excuse for throwing in the towel on the semi-automatic platform except for one thing: The ability to seamlessly rack a pistol’s slide has nothing to do with hand or upper body strength. It is, in fact, a matter of technique, and it’s a skill that any shooter, regardless of gender or size of the pistol, can easily master.

So take heart, stay positive and recite the words "push-pull" as you watch this video featuring renowned Gunsite Rangemaster Il Ling New, who proves that you don’t have to be a six-foot-tall male Crossfit trainer to effortlessly run a semi-automatic pistol. 

Latest

Federal Punch 22 Lr
Federal Punch 22 Lr

Rimfire Self-Defense: Federal's 22 LR Punch Ammo

The .22 you have with you is better than the .45 you left at home ... especially if your ammo packs a Punch.

Winchester Ladies Cup Kicks Off at NSCA Western Regional

The inaugural event got underway during the opening leg of the 2021 National Sporting Clays Association Championship Tour.

Hiking Etiquette: Kindness is Free

Being a considerate hiker keeps plants, animals and other visitors happy.

Ginny Thrasher and Globe Trotting for Target Practice

Thrasher is paving the way for new international shooters by being the best ambassador she can be.

Four Guns That Should NOT Be Your First Handgun

As much as we love guns, some are just not the right choice for new shooters or new carriers. Here are four handguns to stay away from when you’re starting out.

Are You Wild for Muddy Girl’s New Pattern?

Introducing Muddy Girl Wild, a remix on our favorite abstract camo.

Women's Interests



Subscribe to the NRA Women newsletter