22 Jan Pro Tip: Magazine Change with Retention
IS IT A “TACTICAL RELOAD” OR A MAG EXCHANGE WITH RETENTION?
One of the skills that we teach in our Defensive Handgun I courses is the Magazine Change with Retention. We, and the firearms training industry in general, used to refer to this as a “tactical reload”… But we asked ourselves: “What is so damn tactical about it?”
Not to get wrapped around the axle over semantics but it does seem kind of silly to refer to this skill as “tactical” when the priority is to get good ammo to the gun.
So we stopped calling it a tactical reload and now call it what it is… a magazine exchange, with retention of the magazine. Here’s a quick demonstration on how to do it from a recent Defensive Handgun I course.
SO WHY DO WE DO IT?
The answer is pretty simple. It would behoove you to have a fully loaded firearm at all possible times. If you’re involved in an engagement and fire X number of rounds, sound logic dictates that since predatory animals (of both the two and four legged varieties) tend to travel in packs, there may be additional threats. Since we have no means of telling how many rounds may be required to stop the threat, we should have as many on board our weapon system as is possible.
First off, make sure that you are conducting this from the work space. This will allow efficiency in movement as well as aide in maintaining your situational awareness. A simple focal shift to the magazine well will allow you to see what you need to see in order to get things done without turning into Mr/Mrs Tactical Oven Mitts and drop your magazines all over the place. Secondly, be sure to retain your magazine in the least accessible magazine pouch as you want a full magazine in the most accessible spot in case things get weird and you need it.
Get this exchange done as quickly as possible and with as much efficiency as possible as we do not know when the next threat will need to be addressed.
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