A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Jarrett on Reloads



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you notice on the speed reload how easy his slide worked. He appears to use only a finger and thumb to rack the slide.

6:36 PM  
OpenID westofthewest said...

Like buttah

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have always wondered that myself when I watch his vids. He racks that slide around with little to no effort. Always wondered if he uses a lighter spring.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Ruminator said...

I don't know about Todd Jarrett, but many of the best shooters work really hard to get a combination of custom load and recoil spring such that the gun runs reliably with the lighter load.

I can't pinch-cycle my 1911s, so either Jarrett has really strong hands or is using a reduced tension recoil spring.

Is that a .40 or a .45?

7:49 AM  
Blogger Bennett said...

What kind of gun is he using? That looks like a 1911, but closer inspection reveals it to be double action with a non-traditional trigger.

I love watching Jarrett work, his movements are so precise. I try and step frame by frame through his videos to see what he is doing at each step of draw, grip, aim, fire, holster... he's so damn fast though!

Watching his control of that pistol in recoil is humbling.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Glenn Bartley said...

He certainly is fast and makes it look easy when he operates the slide. I don't know that there is any less effort put into operating the slide, and it does not appear to me he only uses a thumb and forefinger to grasp the slide. Maybe it appears that way to some because he is fast. Practice may well do that for you even if the springs have not been worked or replaced; although I realize many of the 'pros' mess with perfectly good guns.

I don't understand why he would teach reload with retention when a tactical reload is much more practical. So if someone can clue me in I would appreciate it.

I also was sort of surprised that he allowed this video to come out showing a glaring tactical error he made while reloading, and he makes the same error more than once. Anyone else notice what he did that was a major no-no?

The error he made should have been obvious but if not then watch the video again, and watch him look at his magazzine pouch and watch him look at his pocket. There should be no need to look at either when you are reloading. Your eyes should be on the target/threat, or scanning for other threats. You should train repeatedly not to have a need to turn your attention from your target while reloading or retaining a mag unless you are scanning for other threats. I don't bring that out to put him down, but rather to keep you safer.

All the best,

9:11 AM  
Blogger Carl H said...

Pretty sweet - wish the slide on my new 1911 was that easy to work. Maybe it's me, tho. After ulnar surgery I've had some nerve damage to my left hand and can't cycle my new S&W 1911pd easily. Y'all think switching to a lighter spring and/or different guide rod would help?

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Thanks for uploading the vid, Xav. It's nice to see someone demonstrate two different methods of slide-lock reloading.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...


I understand your thoughts on T.J. teaching reloading with retention. Maybe it's because a tactical reload as he demonstrates leaves more room for error (like dropping a mag) as there is a brief moment during the reload where two - not one - mags are in one hand.

Them's my thoughts.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great video
We shoot IDPA and that quick reload is always tough under pressure.

10:55 AM  

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