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Emergency Reload - To look or not to look at the handgun while reloading...

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by PhoenixTacSolutions, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Thanks in advance for watching!

    This method works for me...find out what works for you and evolve.

    [ame=""]"Emergency Reload' - To Look or not Look at the handgun... - YouTube[/ame]
  2. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    I like the texting-driving-accident analogy. I'm going to "steal" that when I do my dept instruction in a few weeks.

  3. Thanks for watching...

  4. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    on the other hand, if you don't look wile reloading and you fumble, you'll be looking at the guy who is killing you.
  5. It comes down to what works for you. Thanks for watching.

  6. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    And if you look, you can still be killed by the guy trying to kill you. What happens in dim/dark light when you can't see your handgun??

    Like the OP said, use what works for you.
  7. #141magfan


    Nov 4, 2009
    NC Foothills
    If you've shot the gun to slidelock and you still haven't solved the problem, you likely have some issues that neither a "look/no look" reload is going to fix.

    Just sayin ......
  8. A'boy

    A'boy fulla hateraid

    May 28, 2006
    the Sillbox
    practice, practice, practice...and then practice some more.
  9. Derbel McDillet

    Derbel McDillet

    Sep 6, 2013
    Anytime my pistol doesn't fire when I press the trigger I immediately perform tap, rack, recover. It's quicker than pausing to look at my pistol to observe/orient/decide/act to determine what caused the stoppage and to make a decision as to what corrective action I'm going to perform.

    Tap, rack, recover can be quickly performed and it is one immediate action that solves MANY problems I might have.

    If tap, rack, recover fails to get the pistol running then, when the situation permits, I'll automatically progress to my next immediate action which is to perform a Combat [Emergency] Reload. If, during the Combat Reload, I can't insert the magazine into the pistol, then I place the fresh magazine between my ring and pinky finger, lock open the slide, rip the installed magazine from the pistol, rack the slide three times, then finish the Combat Reload.

    During tap, rack I may detect that the slide did not retract very far. It could be due to slide lock from an empty magazine, an in-line stovepipe or a doublefeed. It doesn't matter - I attempt to fire again after racking the slide. (Pausing to diagnose increases the time it will take for me to fix the problem. In addition lighting conditions may make it difficult to quickly see and diagnose.) Tap, rack take less than a second to perform and doesn't divert my attention from the attacker to the pistol. If tap, rack fails to get the pistol running then my mind is free to immediately decide what I might have to do next to keep from being shot, stabbed, beaten, etc., BEFORE I attempt a Combat Reload.

    LOOKING at the pistol sucks you into dealing with the pistol problem instead of reacting to the attacker (the cellphone texting example provided in the video also applies here).

    LOOKING at the pistol to observe and diagnose a problem takes longer to perform than a series of progressive non-diagnostic immediate actions:

    1. If the gun doesn't fire then perform tap, rack, recover.
    2. If tap, rack, recover fails to get the gun running then, when situation permits, perform a Combat Reload.
    3. If you cannot insert them magazine during the Combat Reload then perform the actions to clear a doublefeed and complete the Combat Reload.
  10. There are reports of assailants taking double digit number of handgun rounds and still continuing to fight. Handguns are underpowered tools regardless of caliber. Training to effectively execute an emergency reload is very important...especially for those not blessed to live in high capacity magazine states.

    Thanks for watching and commenting.

  11. Exactly! Thanks for your comment.

  12. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

    May 4, 2003
    People are exaggerating the extent of "looking". We're not in an environment where things are moving at 70mph, nor are we taking a second and a half to put a magazine in, nor are we making gross head movements.

    The look is a flick of the eyes to reduce fumbles. It's a shift of a few degrees, since the gun is just below our nose. The value it returns---when we're in a fight for our lives and have already run thru a dozen or more rounds without fixing the problem---is important.

    Lets run this with sims and light t-shirts and see what actually works (I have, and the guys who say they're doing it by feel actually aren't, by 20:1.)
  13. Thanks for your comment!

    Please elaborate on the bold portion of your post...

    Are you referring to a type 3 malfunction? Did you mean that if you can not rip the magazine out of the handgun?

    Sorry if I am misunderstanding you!


  14. This sums it up nicely.

    We never stop looking towards the threat, but we can also see what we need to see during the reload.
  15. GunHo198


    Oct 7, 2004
    I always keep the gun at eye level to see both the threat and the gun during a reload. Last time I was envolved in a shooting I was counting my shots and anticipating the reload. I'd rather do a mag change with one still in the chamber if possible.
  16. Derbel McDillet

    Derbel McDillet

    Sep 6, 2013
    When performing a Combat Reload I first acquire the fresh magazine in my support hand. Once I have the fresh magazine indexed in my support hand, ready to insert, and I'm bringing it up to the pistol I press the magazine release pushbutton to jettison the "empty" magazine from the pistol. If I can't insert the fresh magazine into the magazine well because the "empty" magazine did not jettison, then I simply perform the immediate action to clear a doublefeed and then finish the Combat Reload.

    I don't get caught up with classifying stoppages as a "Type I, II or III malfunction" because this adds unnecessary complexity. I don't care what "type" it is. I just perform a progressive series of immediate actions to get the pistol running as quickly as possible. I can do it in complete darkness or while on the move.

    If Tap, Rack, Recover fails to get the pistol running then my next step is to perform a Combat Reload. The reason is because I'm more likely to have an empty magazine than to have experienced a doublefeed stoppage. Attempting to perform a Combat Reload first will get the pistol up and running quicker than performing all the steps to clear a doublefeed, if the reason for the stoppage is simply an empty magazine. If the problem is a doublefeed then very little time is wasted as the fresh magazine is simply transferred from the support hand to between the ring and pinky fingers of the firing hand, freeing the support hand to rip the "empty" magazine from the pistol and to work the slide.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2013
  17. Jake Starr

    Jake Starr

    Jul 30, 2005
    Louisville, KY
    I really like the moustache.

    You method is how I was taught and trained by IDF commandos and how I currently train others.

    Jam 1- Dud or no round in chamber, trigger goes "click" -tap rack.
    Jam 2- double feed or stove pipe, trigger is "mushy" remove mag, rack slide 2-3 times, reinsert mag, rack slide to chamber a fresh round.
    Jam 3- Out of ammo, slide lock, emergency reload.

    Do not count rounds fired; do not perform tactical reloads. Fire until threat is down or gun stops working. Perform whichever Jam manipulation as needed.
  18. threefeathers

    threefeathers Scouts Out

    Oct 23, 2008
    I don't ever remember looking at my M16, carbine, or M14 when I reloaded. That said I do try to get a flash look when I reload. I like the technique taught by Tom Givens when I took his instructor development class. Tom won't even allow you look at your magazines when you reload them. Having had a friend die because he was looking down at his revolver to reload will give you an intense emotional experience and you will look for a way to stay alive should that situation occur again. I see both techniques as being the right way depending on the situation.
  19. Thanks for your comment!!!

    My mustache thanks you as well:)

  20. Interesting...

    Thanks for your comment!