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Shield 9MM 3Men and a boy to rack

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Old February 1st, 2017, 10:50 AM   #1
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Shield 9MM 3Men and a boy to rack

I have a 9MM M&P Shield that I bought 3 years ago. To pull the slide back takes to hands. I really play hell with it, especially since neither arm has a working bicep muscle. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
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Old February 1st, 2017, 02:56 PM   #2
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All of the small pistols in 9mm and up are hard to rack, and its almost impossible for me to rack the small 40 cal pistols, the strong springs are there because of the lack of mass, there is a lot of technique involved.

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Old February 1st, 2017, 05:58 PM   #3
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I take it by your comment that you don't have working bicep muscles that you may have some type of disability or injury that would keep you from building up strength to overcome the problem? Is there a particular reason you need the slim compact package of a pistol that would keep you from going with a 4.25" M&P fullsize? I have both and the fullsize gun is much easier to rack. Finally Check out the Walther CCP, it's a gas blow back design that requires less powerful recoil spring and its marketed as easier to rack.... I have been interested in looking into one for my wife because she doesn't have a ton of upper body strength and even my fullsize M&P is a bit tough for her to rack the slide on...
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There are also rear sights with a step in them specifically made for racking a slide against anything solid. You could also move to a semi with a red dot sight, or modify the one you have. The red dot gives a huge "step" that can be used to rack a slide.

Or, and I have to mention it, there are revolvers if it needs to come down to that.
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Old February 2nd, 2017, 03:21 AM   #5
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Shield 9MM 3Men and a boy to rack

RH shooter.
Hold slide with left and PUSH gun dont try to pull slide.
Lets most people who struggle "rack" one pretty easy.

Stay away from gimmicky items as mentioned above.
If its still too difficult possibly time to look in to a compact revolver for SD.




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Old February 2nd, 2017, 06:25 AM   #6
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Nothing wrong with going to a revolver..............no rack, basically trouble free. I've been thinking about it myself for certain situations. Less mechanical crap to have issues with, easier to clean. My wife has the same issue as far as racking slides and mechanical issues. I got her one of these, did some fluff and buff, some shimming, and some spring changes, and it's a smooooooth operator. Dare I say it's a man stopper.
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Old April 1st, 2017, 09:47 AM   #7
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offcbill, I am 86 years old & I had one of the first Shields about 4 years ago & got rid of it in a month because it was too hard to rack. A month ago I was in my local gun store & tried a ported PC 9mm Shield. I could rack it fine to load, but like you say it was super hard to rack to lock the slide back. I did buy it & love it. I have owned hundreds of guns & like this better than any. The porting does help recoil for me a lot, because I shot 100 rounds the first day. I also put a Streamlight TR6 laser / light on it , great. $85.

I did get 2 new Handi Rackers & they are the answer to all your racking problems with semi autos. Getting the 2 sizes on the Handi Racker 2 will rack most all guns. On ebay they are about $25 apiece with shipping. They are the most worthwhile accessory for auto's you can buy

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Old April 1st, 2017, 10:01 AM   #8
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By the way, the racking does get a lot easier with use. I can rack it ok now to lock the slide back, but I still use the Handi Racker on weak days, & I do have them. I traded my Walther CCP on the Shield . I hadn't had any trouble with mine, but I had read so many posts on it where the owners had trouble that I didn't want to keep it. I hated the way it broke down for cleaning & I have been shooting for nearly 70 years. It was a pain to do. It was very easy to rack & tha's why I bought it, but with the Handi Racker that solves the racking problem.

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Sorry to hear about your issues OP. Sadly, there is not a lot of things one can do to get around the laws of physics....those slides can be hard to rack, but of all the ideas, I find the one about "pushing" the slide to be about the most helpful. I use the "slingshot" method, but I am in decent health, and have no strength issues....yet. Just be careful not to let the slide slip out of your grip. I have done that before while using the "push" method on a gun, and the front sight really scraped the crap out of the underside of my left forearm!
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mpp, I used that method a lot , but even then it can be hard to do. With the racker, you can just hold it down on the front or push it against a wall or table top, Just make sure if you hold it to push down, in case you are racking an angled slide top,to keep it from sliding off. I have had no trouble with them & they are only 1/2" thick x3" x4" so you could carry one. I can usually rack the slide with no problem, but they do help more than anything.
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Old April 5th, 2017, 03:12 PM   #11
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I bought a shield when they first came out and it was ridiculous to rack. I have arthritis in my left wrist and it was impossible to rack it when it acted up so I got rid of it. I just bought a new shield this week cause of the rebate and it was a lot easier to rack than the original one I had.
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Old April 7th, 2017, 12:44 PM   #12
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Skelvis, sounds like we had the same problems. My new ported Shield has gotten a lot easier to rack & even to lock back on putting it back together. If I have a problem I get the handi Racker out. It is easy. I put this picture on of my first 50 shots with my new Shield at 25'. I hope it isn't to big again.


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