Gun Designers, a Call to Action


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Jim Watson
July 24, 2009, 01:43 PM
or, Mr Boberg, where are you?

Seldom a week goes by that we do not read a post where a woman just cannot rack the slide on an automatic pistol. There are two usual recommendations:

One: Apply the techniques shown on The Cornered Cat to concentrate her effort. Exercise, practice, and a determined attitude are helpful, as may a slightly softer recoil spring.
Two: Get a revolver. This assumes that she can pull a 12 lb double action trigger with one finger for every shot easier than she can rack a slide against a 16 lb recoil spring with both hands, once per dozen or more shots.

There is a third, get a Beretta with tip-up barrel. But the demand is low and Beretta seems not interested in advertising to push the .380 although they do a lot of .22, .25, and .32 pocket guns. The .380 is not as simple to operate as the smallbores, the barrel release lever is not as convenient to reach or operate.

There is a market opportunity here for a product to help her. I have the idea and have even seen early examples, but am not up to the design of a new model.

Type 1: Build a whole new gun design in which the recoil spring disconnects and allows the slide to be racked against only the hammer or striker spring to load the gun. See earlier efforts in the Dreyse Military Model 9mm and the Smith & Wesson .35 and .32 autos.

Type 2: With a standard action, install a cocking handle she can get a good grip on. Something similar to the Jo Lo Ar but more discreet and streamlined. A folding version of the slide racker used under the scope sight of an IPSC racegun might be enough.

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KegCommando
July 24, 2009, 04:17 PM
Good call Jim.

If I recall correctly, CZ has a woman president. Maybe this would strike a chord with her and she would be receptive to the idea.

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