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Easy to rack semi-autos

This is a discussion on Easy to rack semi-autos within the Non-XD Handguns forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; I'm looking for information on semi-auto handguns in acceptable defense calibers (.380 acp and larger) that are relatively easy to rack the slide. I'm going ...


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Old 05-24-2010, 10:45 AM   #1
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Easy to rack semi-autos

I'm looking for information on semi-auto handguns in acceptable defense calibers (.380 acp and larger) that are relatively easy to rack the slide.

I'm going to take my wife shopping for a handgun (or should I say "ask her if she would like to accompany me"). The problem is, she hates shopping for anything. Unlike many women, she wants to go into the store, take care of business and get out as quickly as possible. So I'd like to make a list of good candidates and call ahead to make sure the store has a number of good candidates on hand for her to try.

She can rack the slide on her Hi-Standard .22lr easily (of course) and was able to rack the slide on an instructor's Glock 9mm (not sure which one). She can't rack the slide on my XD45 or my father's Walther PPK/S.

P.S. Thanks to all who posted in my related thread. Good advice to let her pick her own gun, hence this thread.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:07 AM   #2
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She's just going to have to try them, have her look at the glocks, and the XD's, the .45's are harder to rack, I think the 9sc is very easy. Try a Ruger LCP and a Taurus TCP, Keltec PF9 or P3AT. If available, I like the Walther PK380 Lthis is basically a P22 only chambered in 380, not as harsh as the PPK/S
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:27 AM   #3
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I own both of these guns and they are VERY easy to rack right out of the box.
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The instructor's Glock was more than likely a 17 or 19. You won't go wrong with either if she likes them. I've found them both very easy to work.

I will also agree that the USP's action is easy to work; may be the dual-spring design...

Most .380's will be hard to rack; they tend to have very stiff recoil springs due to design (blowback action/teeny-weenie slide).

I would recommend having her try this alternate way of racking the slide, though...instead of pulling back on the slide, have here use her "weak" hand to simply hold the slide in place while she uses here strong hand to thrust forward on the grip. She may find it works better for her.
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The instructor's Glock was more than likely a 17 or 19. You won't go wrong with either if she likes them. I've found them both very easy to work.

I will also agree that the USP's action is easy to work; may be the dual-spring design...

Most .380's will be hard to rack; they tend to have very stiff recoil springs due to design (blowback action/teeny-weenie slide).

I would recommend having her try this alternate way of racking the slide, though...instead of pulling back on the slide, have here use her "weak" hand to simply hold the slide in place while she uses here strong hand to thrust forward on the grip. She may find it works better for her.
I encouraged her to try that on my father's Walther PPK/S and her hand got pinched in the area of the ejection port. It was very painful and I think it has made her more reluctant to shoot anything but her .22lr target pistol.
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I encouraged her to try that on my father's Walther PPK/S and her hand got pinched in the area of the ejection port. It was very painful and I think it has made her more reluctant to shoot anything but her .22lr target pistol.
Sounds like she didn't have her hand placed correctly, or it slipped...which is easy to do with the heavy recoil spring and small slide on a pistol of that size....

Explain that it's easier on a full-sized pistol.
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I don't own one but the easiest to rack that I've ever picked up was a Colt Agent .45.
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I'm dealing with the same issue (wife actually broke a nail racking my xd45 tactical) and am looking at the SW mp9. She can rack the slide of my 45 but hates it now due to the nail thing.

the mp9 with the adjustable backgrips and easy slide seems perfect for her. Now to get her there to check it out.
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I know you said semi-auto but is a revolver out of the question? The new Ruger LCR is an awesome light weight alternative or the SP101, lady smith, etc... Most compact autos use the double spring recoil rod and will be stiff and will take practice.

My wife wanted to carry a Glock 27 so she bought a grip exerciser, worked out and practiced with until she was comfortable running the slide of her chosen pistol. Until then she carried a SP101 357mag.
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how about a G26?
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