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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by kmewing, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. HPCadm17

    HPCadm17 Member

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    Drop the slide on an empty chamber and you get a "Slam!" but drop the slide on a loaded magazine and you get a "Kchunk!" (sorry, best description I could come up with). Or, you could drop the mag and check that it's one down, then top off. I don't have any pistols without either a loaded chamber indicator, or an extractor that sits proud when chambered, or a window where I can see the brass (with a flashlight if it's dark).
     
  2. Nuclear

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    I owned a CZ 52 that wouldn't necessarily strip a round off a full magazine, and you really couldn't tell without a press check or dropping the magazine and verifying you were down a round.
     
  3. Anchorite

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    On Glocks the extractor pops out a bit when she’s hot. I rarely hear anyone mention that ...... it’s how I confirm she’s loaded. Press checks are not really my cup of tea. I recognize their place, but it’s just not something I adhere to.
     
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  4. JTQ

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    I haven't counted, but my guess is there have been 15 - 20 make that comment in this thread.
     
  5. fastbolt

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    I learned something many years ago.

    If I check to confirm the magazine I'm inserting into the pistol is full before I insert it into the pistol, and after I release the slide to run forward and go into battery there's suddenly one less round in the magazine when I remove it to top it off (or just confirm the top round was loaded/chambered), it's more than likely in the chamber. ;) Where did the now-missing round go, if not into the chamber?

    Also, unless I'm replacing a partially spent magazine with a fresh one, where I want to keep the chambered round chambered and ready-to-fire, I really prefer to load the chamber from the condition of the slide being locked back. Easier to insert and fully seat the magazine. Only have to release the slide, meaning not having to fully retract and release it (and it's an even easier manipulation if you release the slide via depressing the slide stop, since I spent many, many years doing it that way using 1911's and 3rd gen S&W's). Also, after the mag is seated, it also only requires the dominant hand to get the weapon back into action. You never know if sometimes that support hand may become busy with some other critical task of the moment.

    Now, as long as someone who has been trained to do a "press check (or has adopted the habit over the years) doesn't set themselves up for a problem that could result in an injury, or cause an ammo/magazine condition which might result in a feeding stoppage the next round up (I've seen that happen), I don't really care one way or the other how other folks feel about press checks. Safety and controllable manipulation loading the weapon so it's ready is the goal.

    I do, however, find the loaded chamber visual inspection port, which allows you to see the case rim or web of a chambered round, is a handy feature.

    FWIW, the caution against covering the ejection port to try and catch an ejected live round - versus just letting it be ejected to fall free - is one that ought not be ignored. In one of my armorer recerts we were shown a picture of a cop shooter who had suffered severe injury of his hand/fingers when a live round he was trying to eject and catch did shift so the ejector hit and ignited the round's primer. Nasty.
     
  6. JR24

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    It never pops out far enough that my calloused and relatively insensitive finger can tell the difference.

    The one on my 226 is more obvious to me
     
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  7. Robbins290

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    When i am getting dressed in the morning. I always press check the pistol before going into the holster.

    Do i need to? no, it was me who to set it next to the bed when i laid down for bed.

    Do i want to? yes, i feel better doing it. Guess what? my glock 19 gen 4 has a LCI, but i ignore it and confirm my self.
     
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  8. ATLDave

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    Yep. The cool kids flip-and-catch the round out of the air anyway.
     
  9. JR24

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    I like to do a 360 spin before I catch it.
     
  10. ATLDave

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    I mean, if you're feeling tired and want to go home early, that's one way.
     
  11. JR24

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    Good way to not get invited back either
     
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