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SEMI-AUTOS
If the
COF description
states the magazine
will be on the table
with the gun, but doesn't
specify the magazine position,
the fastest way to load is to
position the gun with the muzzle
downrange and the magwell facing
to the strong side (facing right
for right hand shooters). Place the
magazine pointing into the magwell
mouth, but not touching the gun. At
the BEEP, the support hand corrals
the top of the slide to secure the
gun, while the strong hand guides
the magazine in and slams it home.
The support hand flips the slide up,
allowing a strong hand grip on the
gun, and then rides over the top to
rack the slide and chamber a round

before dropping to assume its support
hand position on the gun.
It can be one fluid movement. Timed
tests on this writer's range show that
standing at the table, making this
load, then hitting an eight-inch plate
at 12 yards, is about 1.5 seconds
slower than hitting the same plate
from a holstered draw.
If ammunition is required to be
on the body, the gun position is the
same. Draw the magazine before
reaching the table, grab the gun in the
strong hand, rotate it to the shooting
position, and slap the magazine in
with the support hand, which then
racks the slide before achieving its
support hand position. It's almost
as fast. Times for this writer run
about 0.35 seconds slower than the
magazine on the table position.

1) Support hand corrals the slide while the strong hand guides the magazine into the magwell; 2) strong hand slaps the
magazine home; 3) support hand flips the gun up to allow a strong hand shooting grip, then rides over the top to rack the
slide, chambering a round; 4) support hand then moves to the full shooting grip. It can be one fluid movement.

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