i was also advised to use my belt, pocket and holster to rack the slide. and as mentioned, it only works well with good protruding sights. these slick ones are difficult to catch on edges.
Jeff, I'd love to take one of those one hand classes. i was thinking of contacting the Co. sheriff, state troopers or local PD to see if anything like that was offered. not only would it be fun, but it'd allow me the opportunity to build sure confidence in my situation.