Dry Fire Friday Episode 4: Slide Manipulation

Posted by Kippi Leatham

Jul 1, 2016 9:15:32 AM

The series continues with today's episode of Dry Fire Friday.

Kippi is taking us through another drill that can often trip up beginning shooters: can you effectively and safely manipulate the slide of your pistol? 

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Dry Fire Drill:  Slide Manipulation

Drill Focus:  Practice Slide Movement

Drill Level:  Beginner

Drill Comments: When it comes to basic slide manipulation, it's pretty easy for a beginning (or rusty) shooter to forget about some key elements. That's why drilling proper form into your repertoire at home is highly beneficial. Remember some of the most important factors - always have a good grip on the gun with your strong hand when releasing the slide forward and consider a sideways body turn to offer yourself more leverage. And repeat. Repeat often.

Build your dexterity - keep running the above drill to become a master manipulator.

Check out the video above, #GetClickin and stay tuned for the next episode!

Dry-Fire Safety Rules

1. Ensure the gun is unloaded, remove the magazine, retract the slide and check that there is no round in the chamber

2. If practicing with magazines, unload all rounds from magazines

3. Remove all ammunition/loaded magazines from the area

4. Find a safe area/direction to practice

5. Remove all distractions - phones, family members, pets, etc.

6. Double-check that the gun is unloaded any time you do have a distraction or interruption

About Dry Fire Friday

In this series, we'll explore fundamental drills, tips and ideas on how you can improve your gun-handling skills. All of the drills will be with an unloaded gun and no ammunition, which is what dry fire means, so you will never have to leave home to practice!

Need to get caught up? Check out our previous Dry Fire Friday posts:

Trigger Pulling 101
Intermediate Trigger Pull
Pistol Manipulation

Topics: Shooting Tips, First Time Gun Buyers, Dry Fire Friday


Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.