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Three racks to clear a gun?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by 19sandyman, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. 19sandyman

    19sandyman

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    I was told to rack the slide 3 times, lock it open, put my finger in the chamber to feel for a round to properly clear my glock. Is all of the really necessary or can I just lock the slide open and look for round in the chamber?
     
  2. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

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    Whatever works for you. Personally I rack it several times then lock it back and check. Ymmv.
     

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    DuramaxOn40s TheDieselFreak

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    I do it a few times just because its fast and easy... You can easily see in there once locked open. Honestly just use common sense.. I'm sure everyone is different..
     
  4. EmbryRiddle

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    To clear, I usually release the magazine, lock open the slide, and use my finger to verify there is no round in the chamber. Never heard I had to rack the slide 3 times...
     
  5. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    Are you looking in the chamber 3x?

    Because if someone is just merely racking the slide back and forth then nothing all that important is being accomplished.
     
  6. Gaucho

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    I always rack at least twice (how I was taught) and on a couple occasions I ejected on the second rack thinking that there was no mag.
     
  7. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    Whenever I hand my gun to someone else, I drop the mag and hold it visibly in one hand while I rack the slide twice, proving it to be empty. I do the same whenever someone hands a pistol to me. Nobody ever had a ND from being *too* safe. :thumbsup:
     
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    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    *exception: if somebody hands me the gun with the mag out and slide locked. Then, a visual inspection of the chamber will suffice.
     
  9. TxGlock9

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    Put it this way Sandyman. I consider myself to be very knowledgable about firearms especially pistols. Military and about to be tactical & competition trained(this is actually for advanced training). For what it is worth I admit I had a negligent discharge not too long ago. You can't ever be too safe. Let others be an example for you. Good luck.
     
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  10. 19sandyman

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    It looks like 3 racks, lock and look is the way to go.

    Thanks.
     
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  11. Ryan-17

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    I was always taught to remove the mag rack the slide, then lock the slide open and stick your pinky in the chamber, the reason i was taught to stick my pinky in the chamber is "it might be dark" and you might not be able to see, so if possible look then check with your finger... makes sense to me, so thats how i do it.
     
  12. Inebriated

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    I drop the mag, rack a few times (just a habit), and then lock it back to actually check.
     
  13. ReyFufuRulesAll

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    Which is great, until you get bit. SKS bites REALLY ****ING HURT. You are completely rightin taking the extra precaution, but how often will you really be completely clearing a gun in the black?
     
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    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    Some guns (the PPK) don't lock back w/o an empty mag, but luckily my hands are big so I just hold the slide back with my booger finger. :supergrin:
     
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    I always remove the mag, rack and eject, rack again several times and open for visual inspection. That's the way I was trained years ago so I do it without thinking.
     
  16. ReyFufuRulesAll

    ReyFufuRulesAll Pantless Wonder

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    Since I've been bitten too many times, I usually shine a light down (up?) the muzzle if needed. Lacking a flashlight, my cell works too. :wavey:
     
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    Good call. :thumbsup:
     
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    I don't know why and it's totally irrelevant but this thread reminds me of this...

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  19. DJ Niner

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    I think it might serve a useful purpose, if the clearing process was interrupted and resumed at the wrong spot or for some reason the mag was not removed first. If you rack it once and visually check the chamber, when you release the slide, it chambers a round. If you rack it multiple times before the chamber check, if a mag is in place, you'll have live rounds ejecting/flying all over the place or jamming-up in the feed ramp area, which I think is preferable to an AD/ND.
     
  20. ReyFufuRulesAll

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    Which is why I only ever clear with the mag in-hand. It might be cumbersome, but like I said, I have big hands, so I can.

    The only time I rack the slide without a mag in-hand is when chambering or on reassembly.