The Art of Reloading a Handgun - Help Required
Heya everyone, I'm new to this forum, so perhaps I should post a short introduction before saying anything else.
Now, if you check my profile, you'll find that I may be a little young to be joining such a forum, but don't worry, I'm not here out of stupidity, or as a result of some immature joke or dare, I'm here because I have a genuine interest in firearms, and I wish to expand my knowledge.
I'm hoping that the general community around here can help enlighten me with confusing issues I have come across in my recently-started studies.
Anyways, for my first post I have a few issues relating to the reloading of semi-automatic handguns (as a generic term).
I'll be basic and stick with something simple, just in case my not stating a specific weapon might cause confusion, so let's use the Beretta M92F.
Now then, here are my qualms:
1) If my knowledge is correct, the process of reloading a basic handgun such as the M9 goes thusly:
- the spent magazine is ejected via the small button just in between the grip and the trigger
- if the old magazine wasn't completely emptied, all that is required is to insert a new magazine, as there should still be a round in the chamber
- if the old magazine was used up, then when the new magazine is inserted, the slide must be pulled back, which cocks the hammer, which (in turn) loads the first round of the magazine into the chamber
Which leads to my question... taking the third of those bullet points into account, can you manually cock the hammer to load a round into the chamber, instead of pulling the slide back?
If what I have said here is completely wrong in any sense, please help enlighten me so that I can be sure that I won't be speaking garbage on the matter in the future.
2) I have seen in films and on video games (although it's probably pretty obvious that these forms of media aren't very good as reference points) that when every round in a magazine has been used up, therefore leaving no rounds in either the magazine or the chamber, the slide remains pulled back because the hammer has no round to load into the chamber. My point is that, once a new magazine has been inserted, the slide just seems to spring back into its original position. Does this happen as soon as a new magazine is inserted, or does something have to be done in order for the slide to return to its original position, so that it can be pulled back once more to load a new round into the chamber?
Again, the same rule applies as before, if I have no idea what I'm talking about, please help me.
3) I have heard that the slide can still be pulled back to load a new round into the chamber even when there's already a round in the chamber, and that such a method of ensuring that there's always a round loaded into the chamber can cause the gun to jam relatively often if not done carefully. Can anyone please extend on this description for me?
Thanks in advance to any help offered, and I hope to fit in to such a community online, ^_^
EDIT: My first blunder already, I've just noticed that there's an 'Ammunition and Reloading' section of the forum. If this thread should be there instead, then a Moderator can move it if he or she wishes to. I apologise for this.
Last edited by Percussore Lynx; 07-29-2005 at 04:31 AM..