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20sf, correct way to load chamber?

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by orangeride, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. orangeride


    Oct 19, 2011
    Is it bad for the gun to insert one round in the chamber, drop the slide then insert the mag? Or should u load from the mag only?
  2. BillPed


    Jun 11, 2011
    Yes, it is bad for the extractor in most guns, not sure about Glocks specifically.

    If you want to load +1, load up the mag, insert, rack, eject magazine, load one more round, and insert again.


  3. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    Only load from the mag, any pistol, any brand or model.
  4. xdmikey


    Dec 5, 2009
    Cypress, TX
    a buddy(400#s) and i were shooting in the country(Mickey's lease in dallas)and i "topped off" as the OP is wondering about. my buddy told me how dangerous that is. i told him bulltwinkies, i do this all the time. so i did it again. kapow!
    that was the last time i did it.
  5. I was at an Advanced Pistol Operator's Course a while back and the very high speed military instructors ran us through a drill where we picked up an empty pistol and loose rounds off the ground. It was a drill to get us to "make any pistol work in any condition to finish the fight". It required us to drop load one round and then throw in a partial mag. It killed me to do this. I could hear my extractor screaming every time.

    I was running my G22, but they had some guys running this drill on 1911s. Ouch!
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  6. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    I would suggest that all semi auto pistols be loaded from a mag. Some may be okay with dropping one in the chamber but why possibly cause damage.
  7. Yondering


    Dec 3, 2011
    Besides possible damage to the extractor, you run the risk of shearing the rim off the brass, with a resulting FTE. Bad idea in a defensive scenario.
  8. gofastman


    Jan 29, 2010
    How about this, if you find a way to break it, get back to us with pics :supergrin:

    Generally its good practice to load from the magazine, But I doubt you will run into issues in your glock.
  9. Taterhead

    Taterhead Counting Beans

    Dec 13, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    The Glock extractor does have a bevel and spring that will enable it to work in a pinch. I have done this a number of times for the sake of experimentation. However, it does seem like a lot of unnecessary wear and tear to do all of the time.