Immediate Action Drill

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  1. threetango

    threetango Moderator Moderator

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    If you hear a "click instead of a bang".

    The “immediate action” drill. This sequence is also referred to as, “tap, rack and assess.” After tapping the bottom of the magazine to ensure that it’s properly seated, many instructors teach their students to reach over the top of their gun and grab the slide with what is referred to as a “saddle grip.” When gripped in this manner, the little finger, ring finger and middle finger do most of the work. However, there is a more physiologically efficient method for cycling the slide, one that affords you a better grip on the slide, is faster and is congruent with the technique for cycling the slide one-handed using your belt or holster. A technique for clearing a malfunction is to tap the bottom of the magazine, roll the pistol inward so that the ejection port is facing downward — this allows gravity to assist you in removing the malfunctioned rounds from the gun — then grip the slide with your thumb and all four fingers. The closer your fingers are to the thumb, the tighter your grip. Pull the slide to the rear and release. After the slide goes forward and a round is chambered, assess the situation to determine if firing is still warranted.
    If the immediate action drill doesn’t remedy the problem, chances are your pistol experienced an in-line failure to extract. Here, different methodology veers slightly from tradition. Rather than lock the slide to the rear and then strip the magazine from the pistol, prefers to depress the magazine release while working the action. This accomplishes the same task, but more efficiently. An alternate method taught involves stripping the magazine from the pistol first, then cycling the action.


    “Is it faster to clear a malfunctioned pistol or draw a back-up gun?”


    Law Enforcement trainer of the year.
    Dave Spaulding
     
  2. tazo2503

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    Excellent post 3T. The answer to that question would be circumstance dependant, IMO. Any chance of sharing the link?
     

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    PM sent to you.