As a firearms instructor, my goal is to make sure my students are safe and comfortable while handling a firearm. I’m always looking for gear and accessories that make shooting more manageable and accessible for everyone. At the NRA Conference this year, I came across a simple yet effective device that can help those struggling with racking a slide – the Handi-Racker.
What is the Handi-Racker?
Racking the slide can be challenging for many shooters, especially those with weaker hand strength or larger caliber handguns. Even with the correct technique, some new shooters just cannot get it, leading to frustration. The Handi-Racker attaches to the front of your handgun’s slide, allowing you to rack it with one hand easily.
What guns will it work on?
One of the best features of the Handi-Racker is its compatibility with a wide range of handguns, making it a versatile tool that shooters of all skill levels can use. There are two sizes available, which fit 95% of pistols. Choose the Compact Handi-Racker if a nickel is wider than the slide. Select the full-size Handi-Racker if the slide is wider than a nickel.
How to use the Handi-Racker
Using it is simple. You put the Handi-Racker on top of the slide of your gun and place it on a table or hard surface. Push the handgun grip forward until the slide is all the way back, and then quickly remove your gun from the slot.
Not only can you use the Handi-Racker for loading and unloading rounds, but it can also be used to clear malfunctions and take your pistol apart so you can clean it. It’s made of an almost indestructible resin, so you can rely on it to last under everyday use.
Overall, the Handi-Racker is an excellent tool for those who struggle with racking a slide. It’s easy to use, compatible with a wide range of handguns, and durable. Almost everyone can learn to rack a slide once they know the proper technique. Still, this device is excellent for a new shooter who may get frustrated quickly. They can build confidence and develop other skills, hopefully returning to working on racking the slide. For those people who don’t have hand and wrist strength, the Handi-Racker will let them keep practicing.