Meanwhile back in reality
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When you’re done laughing at this idiot for cutting his hand on the slide of the pistol, please join me for a moment of lucidity to discuss all the ridiculous aspects of this.
Stopping the slide of a semi-automatic pistol is almost in the category of the infamous “Beretta Takedown” maneuver made popular by Jet Li in Lethal Weapon 4. Let’s take a look at the issues presented by the “slide grab” technique.
- This is a big one: I can still shoot you. Assuming for the moment that you have effectively grabbed the slide of my Glock before I’ve fired a single round, grabbing the slide of my gun will not prevent me from smoking a round directly in to your center of mass.
- I can still shoot you. Seriously. This is a problem for you if you’re depending on the “slide grab” technique.
- In an even more realistic situation, in the time it takes for you to close the distance between a gun wielding enemy and grab his slide, he’s probably already shot you. Several times. Like the Beretta disassembly, this works a lot better in theory than it does in meatspace.
Now, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t do this. If you’re fighting in a phone booth and can in fact grab the slide of the other guy’s gun, by all means give it a whack. I would however recommend that this be a last option, which you only exercise when “shoot your attacker with your own gun” has failed you.