Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Slide Lock Reload Trouble

I've had this issue periodically.  It happened once at the ARPC IDPA match on Saturday.  Here's what normally happens.  My Smith & Wesson M&P Pro 9mm goes to slide lock.  I reload by inserting a new magazine.  I shove it in hard enough to cause the slide to go forward when the magazine is inserted.  Usually a fresh round is stripped from the new magazine and the gun goes bang when I pull the trigger.  With a good reload all of that takes less that 2 seconds between shots.  When things go well.

But maybe once every 20 reloads, I do all of this and no round is chambered after the reload.  I've thought that this happened because I slammed the magazine in too fast and hard.  But I don't think that's the source of the problem.  Thanks to Dan's suggestion at the match this Saturday I checked the M&P Forum to see what others have said about this.

It seems that this is a common problem for guys that index their trigger finger so far up the frame when reloading that they tap or lightly depress the slide release.  It's actually the knuckle of the trigger finger that rests against the slide stop.

The M&P has an ambidextrous slide stop release.  And it's easy to depress this when you are performing a lightning fast slide-lock reload.  That sounds right to me.  Now I have to pay attention during my next practice session and see if this might be my problem.  I suspect that it is. But I want to confirm it in live fire practice.

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