Quick Tips with Ivan Gelo

Posted by Team Springfield

Aug 1, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Ivan Gelo Quick Tip

Team Springfield expert Ivan Gelo, who also happens to be left-handed, has a couple tips every firearm enthusiast can put into practice.

Continue on for tips on chamber checking and a little something for the southpaws.

Chamber Check ALL of Your Defense Rounds

The mundane task of Chamber Checking all of your defense rounds in the firearm(s) you carry is critical.  You need to ensure that your ammo will properly chamber in your carry gun.

The task is simple:

  • Field strip and clean your carry gun.
  • Before reassembly, take possession of the barrel and the ammo you carry for potential life threatening situations.  
  • With the barrel pointed down to the ground, drop a round into the chamber end of the barrel. It should fully drop and seat flush with a familiar sound; we’ll call it a “bink”.  
  • Invert the barrel with the muzzle now pointed up and catch the round. It should freely fall out of the chamber end of the barrel.  
  • Repeat process for each and every round.  If it does not seat flush or fall out freely, do not trust this round to chamber. #PracticeAmmo

Regularly check your gear, firearm(s), magazines and ammunition. Your life or your loved ones' may depend on it one day.

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RETRAIN and start to use your left thumb to depress the magazine release.

I am a ten percenter. Specifically, I am part of the 10% of the population that is left handed. When I started shooting semi-auto handguns several decades ago, I learned to press the magazine release with my left hand trigger finger

With the XD-S Mod.2 in 9mm, I have made a renewed commitment in starting to retrain my brain by engaging the magazine release as the 90% does - with my thumb. This pistol, as well as the entire line of XD pistols, do not simply have reversible magazine releases, but have a truly ambidextrous magazine release with buttons on BOTH SIDES of the frame. 



So a call out to all southpaws; over the next month of dry-fire and range practice, let's do as the left-side brainers do and use our thumbs to engage our magazine releases.  Not to be "left" out, we give the right handers our approval to do the same when training bilaterally.  Never stop training, experimenting and developing in your firearms growth.

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®.

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