Surprise Slide Lock Reload

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The slide lock reload drill is a simple drill that you and your training partners can use to create surprise reload opportunities. Learning the mechanics of proper reloads is just a starting point; your goal should be learning how to apply those mechanical skills without hesitation or cognitive thought when you recognize slide lock.

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8 Responses to “Surprise Slide Lock Reload”

  1. rick padgett

    What are you doing with your left hand before reach out to target. Why not one motion of both hands strong grip to target?

  2. Carey Radican

    Even if you do the drill with two magazines, the muscle memory developed doing that will allow you to respond to slide lock whenever it happens. Conduct the drill by loading the handgun with a full magazine. After the gun is holstered replace the full magazine with an empty one. Place the full magazine you just removed from the gun in your magazine pouch/pocket. On the buzzer, command, or when the target presents (for moving targets) draw and fire 2 rounds into the target in 5 seconds. Based on that, I would see a need to empty complete magazines (or near full ones) to get the benefit of the drill.

  3. Moose

    These surprise drills are essential to shaping our reactive minds to respond rapidly. One of my favorites is having someone else load your magazines, not only with staggered numbers of rounds, but with a few dummy rounds to cause that dreaded “click” instead of bang. Thanks for your continuing tips, Rob.

  4. J E Wilson

    I guess that there are the ones out there that just like to shoot their mouth off but have no understanding about REAL training values. When I go ( 2 to 4 times a year) for the 2 or 4 day handgun training I always load multiple mags with different quantities of rounds so I never know which is in the gun. It really helps with emergency reloads in real shooting drills as you never know when you will reach slidelock and keeps you aware when you are running your gun. Much thanks for all your training videos and hope to one day train with you.


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  6. James Duprey

    Can’t really see a need to see this or the other videos. Saw the 54 seconds worth and it was blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. No real information. That should be a lesson to potential buyers. Doesn’t matter how the last 12 minutes of a 50 minute video is. Not worth the money or our valuable time at all. I know I’m busy.

  7. Joseph

    “Apply those mechanical skills without hesitation or cognitive thought.”
    These are the kind of drills I am after for my training. Thank you for coming up with a good one.

  8. randy

    Carrying a pistol that offers different capacity magazines like a Shield, LCP etc. keeps you alert for surprise reloads when working with several of each size.

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