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Old 03-26-2012, 07:35 AM   #1
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Slide Serration

Have been noticing on the higher end sig models (elites, tacs) that they incorporate additional serrations on the front of the slide. Just curious, is there a functional advantage to these or more a cosmetic?
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:11 AM   #2
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I have them on my 229 Stainless Elite, and they have served no purpose to me. I guess one could grab the slide in front of the ejection port to rack the slide, but I feel that would be fairly awkward.
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Not really. To make full utilization of the front serrations it would increase your risk of having your hand in front of the muzzle. Not real smart. There may be other ways to do it but in my opinion they just invite poor practices.

Some think they look cool.

I think they are just more nooks and crannies to catch crud and make cleaning more difficult.
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they are there for brass checks. it is a combat shooting technique i have seen some military instructors teach where you center the pistol in your chest with a good grip and press the slide back from below just enough to ensure you have a round seated well. i have seen our range coaches do it with our M9s and i used to teach it for the M-16s when i was a range coach.
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they are there for brass checks. it is a combat shooting technique i have seen some military instructors teach where you center the pistol in your chest with a good grip and press the slide back from below just enough to ensure you have a round seated well. i have seen our range coaches do it with our M9s and i used to teach it for the M-16s when i was a range coach.
I think I've seen that drill done, though I can't remember where. The slide move done from below to keep the hand/arm out from in front of the muzzle? Close to the chest for good control to keep from unseating the round from the chamber?
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yeah, if you pull like you are cycling the slide, (like on TV for brass checks) you just eject a good round and are embarrassed cause you have to bend over and pick it back up.
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they are there for brass checks. it is a combat shooting technique i have seen some military instructors teach where you center the pistol in your chest with a good grip and press the slide back from below just enough to ensure you have a round seated well. i have seen our range coaches do it with our M9s and i used to teach it for the M-16s when i was a range coach.
The technique is called a 'press check' I still believe it invites poor practices.

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I've seen this before also, some find a tactical advantage. Forward serrations don't do anything for me, just personl preference.

Serration designs have become a fashion statement to some people, I like the plain jane look myself.
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yeah, if you pull like you are cycling the slide, (like on TV for brass checks) you just eject a good round and are embarrassed cause you have to bend over and pick it back up.
I've never had that happen, but to each his own.
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The technique is called a 'press check' I still believe it invites poor practices.
I think I would have to agree with that. Just doesn't seem smart to be reaching your hand towards the muzzle of a pistol that apparently you arent sure if it is loaded or not.
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I'm not going to lie, I purchased my Elite model because I like the looks of the Front serrations and beavertail.
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I like the looks as well and I also use the serrations for checking for loaded chamber as well. Learned it from another instructor..but I don't do it much now. I know when I am loaded or when I am not.
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I like the looks as well and I also use the serrations for checking for loaded chamber as well. Learned it from another instructor..but I don't do it much now. I know when I am loaded or when I am not.
Always and never?
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I don't care for the looks of them but that's just my opinion. What ever floats your boat.
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Back in the 80's the IPSC shooters used them a lot, that's where I picked up the technique and once you are used to doing it correctly, there isn't any problem with sweeping your body and you maintain good muzzle control. Many of the 'minor' race guns didn't have the heavy springs a factory gun might have, so it was also easier.
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