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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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