Originally Posted by Garycw
She likes the 1911 better BUT can't rack the slide!
She should have no trouble racking the slide with the proper technique. Most men don't use the proper technique to rack the slide because we're usually strong enough that it doesn't really matter how we do it. So then when we try to show women we don't always know how to properly teach them.
The main technique I see taught is the overhand push-pull technique, keeping the gun close to your body and focusing on using your chest muscles. But some instructors teach the straight-arm slingshot technique that uses the shoulder muscles. I've had many instructors tell me that they've never encountered a woman who couldn't be taught to rack a slide (outside of women with disabilities).