Yes, I know...your guru taught you a faster way...or the gun juggler on Youtube does it differently...or (gasp), the Special Ops instructor at the local indoor range showed you a much more clever way. Trust me...I learned them all. There are a myriad of ways to reload a pistol, but lets consider the environment.
This illustrated reload is called the PROACTIVE RELOAD. Proactive being the operative descriptor. It is used when the fight appears to be over. Nobody else is shooting at you, and you have nobody else to shoot. But those situations are only apparent and your perception of the situation may be wrong. Thus we do not relax.
Understand that this is not the same as what you may need to do if your pistol stops working WHILE YOU ARE UNDER FIRE. For that see the article on the speed load.
1). You are alone. You did not bring your Dark Ops team with you...and no...your dog in the truck in the next parking lot doesn't count. And you are only carrying what you left the house with. Unless you are a badged professional working a specific case or mission, or one of those ridiculous figures they make memes about, that usually means a couple of extra magazines - tops.
2). To realize a need to reload, you will have had to do some shooting. That means that other men have done their best to kill you. And all the silly rhetoric about every bullet having a lawyer stapled to it aside, you probably went through some ammo and hit with most of the rounds. Your magazine is depleted. By how much nobody but God will know at that moment.
3). Unless you are mainlining Valium, you are beginning to feel the effects of Adrenaline. Its not a bad thing and I have felt it many times. I know it for what it is, a strengthening that causes apprehension in the uneducated. It allows you to fight harder, move faster, and be stronger. But these are not free of charge. The cost is the limbs tend to tremble and finger dexterity is lessened. The sports agitation competitors feel is not at all the same. If you shoot a match poorly, or you are defeated in a sparring match, you lose your ego. Yes, ego is a huge motivator...but it heals quickly. If you screw up in a fight, you die and those you are protecting die. THAT is real and knowing the reality of that creates a vastly different perspective.
And I will tell you something else...any so-called "professional" that tells you that he does not feel the adrenaline in the system is either,
a). Lying to you,
b). Lying about his operational experience,
c). On drugs,
So, it is with these things in mind that I want you to evaluate your reloading procedure. Is what you are doing stress proof? Is it really? Or is it one of those flashy range drills that only works when everything is right in the universe for you. How cool you look in your youtube video is irrelevant if you are killed in a gunfight that afternoon.
How we do it:
1). We keep the depleted magazine. Understanding that we are alone, that nobody is coming to help, and that we only have what we have on our person, we prefer if possible (and it usually is unless you are under fire) to keep the depleted magazine rather than discard it. Why? Because we are alone, nobody is coming to help, and we only have what we have on our person. So those five rounds in that depleted magazine may make the difference in the next few minutes. Keep them.
2). We handle one item at a time. Simplest is better. Depleted magazine out and stowed. Fresh magazine procured and inserted. Slide operated to be sure. This event is not a matter of speed...although you will be fast enough. It is a matter of self control.
That is it, and that is why. Never focused on flash and entertainment. Combat proven, stress proof, efficiency. See the video below.