We were contacted by a longtime readers who is a professional firearms user after our post on the Glock slide stop failure (the original post is here).
(Larry A.) Vickers, Kyle Defoor, and Mike Pannone taught me to use the slide stop to release the slide. It is faster and LESS likely to induce a stoppage, despite what one of your commenters said.
You can hesitate and delay your slingshot of the slide. You take it off target by doing it!!
Boat guy said he does it on everything but his M9. So he trained heavily in one manual of arms when his duty weapon required another!
Slide mounted safety = Slingshot bad!!
The reason being, you can put the safety on with the over-the-top slingshot method. Pistols with slide mounted safeties include most first generation SA/DA autos, including P.38 and derivative Walthers, Smith & Wesson M39s and derivatives, Berettas and their clones, and others.
At this point he wound his body up with his left hand on his head and extended his right hand through the crook of his left elbow, asking, “How do you shake hands?”
I don’t know who taught you to shake hands but their is another way.
How do you shake hands? Well, just because I can do it with a big retarded gesture does not mean it is the best way.
Slingshot bad/retarded! Slide stop good.
How fast can you hit a slide stop and engage? How fast can you slingshot the slide, hope you got it right, get back on target, and engage?
At this point, we couldn’t resist a shot, and said, “Well, I don’t need to slingshot the slide, because my P-01 has a slide release machined from steel that fits right under my thumb.” He disregarded the gibe, and stuck to Glocks.
I forget which instructor it was, but one was teaching the SEALs. He was pushing slingshot to deal with the poorly placed slide stop [on the SIG 226].
He was pushing it to the Army later and another instructor pointed out that leads to bad things with a Beretta! Had to remind him that he came up with that as a way to deal with a Sig deficiency.
But using the slide stop wears through the Glock OEM part hence the Vickers upgrade.
Interestingly enough, this guy does not run any non-Glock parts on his work Glock.
I put Vickers on my [personal] pistols and on [a particular SF unit’s] Glock 19’s.
As for the Vickers mag release that was a fix for the too short button a Glock Gen 3. It is not needed on most of the Gen 4 pistols.
[The unit in question] even bought new trigger systems for the Glocks.
For the record, the triggers they bought were Ghost Inc’s (image right).
One cold, hard fact that lurks in the background of this whole pistol parts debate: everyone is ever seeking to get more hits, reliability, heck, electrolytes with a simple gadget. The simple gadget is ammo and range time. Anything else, and you’re one of the 99% whose pistol shoots better than you do. (We resemble that remark).