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Old 06-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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How long until the slide is

Less difficult to rack?

Fine for me, but my wife loves the gun and has a problem racking the slide.

Someone at the range let her rack the slide on a glock 19 that probably has 10000 rounds through it and she liked the ease with which she could rack the slide.

Also, I have a 4.5 XDm.
Would the 3.8 be different due to the different recoil spring design?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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If it's new, I would say NO, a 3.8 would not make it any easier.
The ease of this just comes with time, and practice. Even though it may be difficult for her, there may be ways for her to improve her technique. One example, racking the slide (with muzzle in safe direction of course) with each hand moving in opposing force instead of holding the gun with one hand and using the (usually weak) other to pull on the slide away from the shooting hand.
Alternatively there are also things like grip tape to help her keep a hold on the slide better.

edit:// Also, in comparison. My first carry gun which was a kel-tec pf9 I found more difficult to rack than my current XD40sc.
I think this is primarily due to the size of the slide, the XD having more "meat" to grip. I bought my 40sc new, and after a few hundred rounds found it slightly more smooth and seemingly easier to rack. I'm up around 800 rounds now and it's just natural to me.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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I had just posted about something similar to this, they make pegs and hooks, usually it is a new back plate, or can be attached somehow, and makes racking the slide easier.

Also, new lighter spring could help out, in which case, you would have to adjust the loads you are shooting to be just a tad bit lighter.

I remember when I first got my 4.5 xdm and the spring for the slide seemed to be a bit stiff, however, after much shooting, and lots of practice, it has broken it since, works like a charm now.

I would just continue to practice and use it. GOOD LUCK!
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:00 PM   #4
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I had the same issue with my wife and our (new) XD 9mm SC.
I contacted Springfield customer service and asked about changing the recoil spring. The response was that changing the spring was not recommended, and that the effort to rack the slide would diminish after the weapon had been used, but did not specify a round count.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:45 AM   #5
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XDs do tend to be a little stiff to rack, my Bersa 45 however is almost effortless.
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Have her try holding the slide with one hand and pushing the frame foward with the other. Instead of trying to pull the slide back. Might work better for her.
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Welcome aboard, Jakal3932!
It's kinda hard to answer that one difinitively.
I'm going on the assumption that the difficulty with racking the slide is occuring while there is a fully loaded magazine inserted.
In the interim, before it finally does become easier, she could just load the magazine with the slide locked back; then, slingshot the slide to chamber the first round. Alternatively, try loading one less round into the magazine until it is easy enough to operate the slide. Either way, the springs will break-in and it will eventually become easier to work the slide on a full magazine.
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my sub compact was pretty stiff when i first got it but it did wear in after a bit. shooting it will loosen it up or just get some snap caps and do some ftf drills if you cant shoot as much as youd like.

heres a video (done by a woman) you may find useful. some other posters have described this technique but it may help to see it done.

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I remember Sons of Guns putting a charging handle on a Glock but I think they were handicapped. Like others have mentioned, stay away from the "slingshot" technique. All four fingers on the slide with the weak hand, finger out of the trigger guard on the strong hand and rack that thang! If her weak hand really doesn't have enough strength for that just have her practice with an empty gun or snap caps
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my sub compact was pretty stiff when i first got it but it did wear in after a bit. shooting it will loosen it up or just get some snap caps and do some ftf drills if you cant shoot as much as youd like.

heres a video (done by a woman) you may find useful. some other posters have described this technique but it may help to see it done.

Racking a Slide With Weak Hands - YouTube
In the video if you substitute your thumb for the palm you'd be much better off.
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