The :02 sec Magazine Change Process
~Author: Garrick Fernbaugh
*Left hand shooters may have issues unless gun has ambidextrous slide release.
What is a process?
A process is the sequence of movements we perform to achieve an objective. An Objective, such as a magazine change.
Depending upon who you talk to, there can be somewhere between five and 25 individual movements that comprise of a single magazine change. All of those individual movements combined comprise the process.
The process is to be repeated so many times that it can be performed flawlessly and subconsciously. The higher level objective is to create a process that can be depended upon in combat. My analogy is forging the process, tempering it, heating it up and placing it under pressure to see if it holds.
Below is the written out process for the objective of a two second magazine change.
Starting our with two things at once
- Starting Position – both hands on the gun, firm grip. Slide locked back, empty magazine in. Sight Picture.
- (a) Depress the magazine release.
(b) Support hand moves to retrieve loaded magazine.
- (a) Support hand grasps loaded magazine.
(b) Gun flick, rotates from vertical to horizontal. (Flick motion intended to eject sticky magazine.)
- (a) Support hand moves to insert magazine.
(b) Eyes shift to the base of mag-well.
- (a) Magazine insertion.
(b) Thumb moves to the slide release.
- (a) Thumb is resting firmly on the slide release.
(b) The gun rotates back to vertical. The motion of the gun moving from horizontal back to vertical actuates the slide release. The thumb doesn’t need to exert pressure on the slide release, it is the motion of the gun that depresses the lever, releases the slide and sends if forward.
- Sight picture!
Training with a shot timer: Timers are crucial for understanding how fast you’re performing movements. It’s also useful for inducing an amount of stress.
Go back and forth experimenting with speed. Start out slow then, speed it up. When you’re attention span is slipping, slow it back down.
Take your dry fire training seriously. What you do during your training, even dry fire training will become your default under stress.
Scan Retract Assess (SRA). Conduct a scan at the end as you should during live fire. Don't scan the same direction every time. Don't make it an habitual movement. Think.
This short video describes the process in more detail.