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Old June 29, 2012, 07:27 PM   #10
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I'm not sure what "running the slide" is.

I will say I don't touch my slide at all. It was designed to work on its own without assistance from another hand.

Sometimes, if screwy ammo, you may, as mentioned have to push the slide into battery. If I have to do this, yes I wack it.
I think when the OP is referring to running the slide, he means grasp the slide firmly, and instead of pulling the slide back you push forward with the hand grasping the frame of the gun to rack it. This is normally how I chamber guns with heavy slides, it gives you a more positive rack of the slide compared to just pulling it back with your fingers.

Most people can generate more power punching the grip through, while holding the slide overhand, than they can generate by trying to pull the slide.
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