Y'know, if you were to go through a Gunsite advanced pistol class (350 or 499) you would find yourself doing this in various clearance and other drills dozens of times (albeit, from over the top, NEVER dropping with the slide lock).Besides being bad gun handling, kind of bad for the gun (see above), it's also very rude.
I hope that you don't mean reach over the top of the slide (thumb pointed toward your body) and cover the ejection port with your hand while doing so. That is a good way to get hurt while clearing a live round if the primer happens to strike the ejector and goes off. I have seen it happen a few times this year myself at local practices and matches and heard about a few others. Lots of blood and a trip to the emergency room at a minimum. I prefer to grab the slide from the back and pull it like a slingshot - keeping my hand as far from the ejection port as possible.Chuck S said:As Archer notes this practice is harmless. If it damages your pistol you have the wrong pistol. Or someone has dicked with it.
And, of course, you reach over the top (thumb pointed toward your body)! Same single motion for loading, clearing, immediate action.
I suspect the same guys who worry about that tiny scratch under the slide stop which occurs during assembly also worry about this and probably won't dry fire their pistols either.
i agree, especially if you're one of those Dudes that thinks he needs to run a heavy recoil spring....those heavy springs do way more harm that good in my book.Bob Brown said:Dropping the slide without a round in an inserted mag is, indeed, bad karma.......
For one, simulated type one malfunction (click on second shot, no bang, initiated by an unseated mag) BANG-CLICK-TAP-ROLL-RACK-ASESS-BANG drills.Just curious, what is the point of repeatedly dropping the slide on an empty chamber in an advanced pistol class anyway? What kind of drills???