I had no clue what was meant by punching the gun forward so thanks for clearing that up. When I first shot a gun I was one of those people who had trouble racking the slide and locking it back when empty. Then I remembered something I saw in a Hickok45 YouTube video where mentioned trip strength. I went out and got some grip training equipment and worked on the for a couple weeks as I sat around and watched tv. Now I have no problem racking the slide and I use the overhand method when I reload mags. Good to know there is a similar easier method if I come in contact with a harder slide.
One question though... What is meant when you say you "tap" the slide on a malfunction?