Anatomy of a Reload

Taking a break from the revolver on this one and breaking down the reload on the semi-auto this time. There are is a key concept built into my reload technique, that having index points to consistently place the firearm in space is important. My technique is pretty much built around that idea. I owe a lot to the late Todd Green for the development of my reloads. I was never able to take one of his classes, but he often commented on my old blog with tips on for my technique, and I followed his blog almost religiously. Dude was good at what he did. 

Step one is to immediately start moving the support hand towards the reload source as soon as the slide locks back to the rear. The gun is pulled back towards the body at the same time, the shooting hand thumb hitting the magazine release, and the the gun being maintained in the vertical position until the magazine drops free. I have found, especially with Glocks, that if the mag well is canted too soon, the magazine will stick in the mag well. 
My key index points on the reload are the inside of my shooting side arm against my torso, and the front sight at eye level on the eye-target line. Keeping the front sight up helps to keep my vision up and maintain as much awareness as possible. Having the close to the body and in a stable position also facilitates movement while performing the reload. As long as I keep the gun center line of my body and use those two index points I am able to very consistently place the handgun in space. As long as I match that consistency with the placement of my spare magazine, I get a very consistent path from the mag pouch to the mag well of the handgun.
After the magazine has dropped free, the mag well is rotated towards the source of ammunition, and the shooting hand thumb is place on the slide release and held rigid. As the magazine is inserted into the handgun, the pressure from seating the magazine will push the handgun into the shooting hand thumb and initiate the slide release.  (Note the placement of the trigger finger well outside of the trigger guard)
Once the magazine is seated and the slide is returning to battery the muzzle is rotated back towards the target and the support hand rotates back into the grip. 
Since the front sight is maintained at the eye level throughout the reload process, it is possible to get back onto the sights very early in the process of representing the gun to the target in a straight line. 
As soon as the sights allow and the trigger can be appropriately managed based on the needs of the target, shooting can restart. 

Three FAST runs from ToddG. While my reload is not the exact same as his, you can definitely see how his input influenced my technique. 



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