Bill Rogers on one-handed reloads

Bill Rogers, of the Rogers Shooting School, on one-handed reloads.

  • First things first, get behind cover/concealment (or at least, move off the line of fire).
  • Press the mag release button and give the gun a sharp downward movement to help the mag fully drop or at least get it to unlock/unseat. I’ve seen Glock mags only come out by being pulled, so my assumption is if the mag doesn’t drop free, leave it at least unlocked and move to the next phase.
  • Place the gun between your thighs, using your thighs as a vice to hold the gun while you manipulate it. Knees will have a slight bend (i.e. like a shallow squat). Barrel/slide runs parallel to the thighs, muzzle pointed down (towards knees), mag well pointed up and out. I figure if the magazine is still in, now is the time to remove it. Once empty, draw your spare mag and seat it all the way.
  • Take a shooting grip on the gun, and while still gripped between your thighs press the gun forward (releasing the slide lock), then release your thighs so the slide goes forward.

While we’re working hard to get our gun back in the fight as quickly as possible, don’t be too quick about it. Often we’ll be rushing to get back on target and our first shot will be off target. Don’t waste time on the reload, but don’t rush so much that you miss the shot.

One subtle point of order. Notice how he gets the gun back in action from slide lock: move the slide all the way back, then release. There is no pressing the thumb on the slide lock — that tab is there to lock the slide back, not to release the slide. While the physical motion here is different from how you should generally release the slide (taking that U horseshoe grip over the top of the back of the slide, pulling the slide all the way back, then let go), the theory and purpose is the same. One motion that always works for all situations. Even if you’re put into a different situation (e.g. lost use of one hand), your brain still will think along the same lines as for how to solve the problem.

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