Here we are once more TGIF! I hope everyone had a great week. I’m burned out with this 24×7 impeachment crap! What these Democrats are trying to do is overthrow a duly elected President. I have yet to get an answer detailing what the President has done that merits impeachment. If you’re as sick of it as I am, you may be considering going to a therapist STOP! Have a shoot the shit instead. What’s a shoot the shit? It is a social interaction during which any topic can be discussed, participants don’t need to know anything about the subject in order to participate, make unsupported statements, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone the wish or change the subject altogether. So, let’s shoot the shit.
About a week ago, I reviewed what is without a doubt one of the most innovative training tools on the market the Mantis X10 Elite Shooting Performance System from Mantis, you can read it here. My review prompted a reader question, so I thought it would make a good shoot the shit topic.
One of the training scenarios Mantis includes in its menu of drills is a tactical reload with retention. The reader was unfamiliar with the concept of a tactical reload.
A tactical reload is performed during a lull in the engagement, with the anticipation of a continued engagement. Retention refers to keeping the partially spent magazine. In other words, it does not drop to the ground.
During a tactical reload, the shooter has a round chambered, and the magazine being replaced is not totally depleted so it’s returned to the magazine carrier.
The key to a tactical reload is what the support hand does.
Step 1. use your support had to extract a fresh magazine from its carrier. Take a look at how I’m holding the fresh magazine (i.e. between my index and middle finger. I want to keep my thumb available to extract the partially depleted magazine from the weapon’s magazine well. Also important to note is the magazine’s orientation. The bullet points up.
Step 2. I depress the weapon’s magazine release and extract the partially depleted magazine by grasping it between the thumb and index finger. The full magazine is still being held between the index finger and middle finger. Immediately after extracting the partially spent magazine, insert the full magazine using your palm to ensure that it is properly seated in the magazine well.
Step 3. Return the partially spent magazine to your magazine carrier. When practicing, use empty magazines, but if you’re working with live ammunition keep in mind that you still have a live round in your chamber. So, keep your finger off the trigger and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
Have a great weekend! Be safe and spend some quality time with your buds and family.
To reload with retention takes muscle memory. You need to practice day and night. The pucker factor can ruin your day. Along with practice you need a mind set that matches your philosophy. You need to recognize the threat and take it out before it gets you. If someone gets the drop on you, you must be very cool and resourceful to survive.