Handi-Racker 2: Helping You Rack That Pistol Slide
Russ Chastain 04.18.16
Racking a pistol slide. It’s not that hard–usually. But sometimes it can be a real hassle. Hands may be wet with sweat, the slide may be pretty small and not well-textured, or maybe other factors come into play. For instance, I have an uncle who lost a thumb years ago, and that makes things tough. Fact is, there are many impediments that might prevent someone from being able to really grip a pistol slide.
That’s where the Handi-Racker comes in. It’s essentially a plastic block with a groove that fits over the front of a pistol slide and allows you to push against any hard surface (such as a wall, table, shooting bench, or counter) to shove that slide back.
It probably takes some practice to get used to it, and doing it quickly enough to allow the slide to snap forward to chamber a round might be tricky, but it certainly appears to be handy and helpful.
Early versions only worked with one size or type of pistol (and the Beretta-style model for 92s etc with exposed barrels is still that way) but the Handi-Racker 2 comes in just two models, and each model will accommodate two sizes of slides.
Pistol jam? When the slide doesn’t want to move rearward due to a jam, you can place the Handi-Racker on the slide and, in the words of the inventor, beat it against a hard object to force the slide back.
They say it’s safe, durable, non-marring, simple, and made in the USA. I like all of those things!
It looks pretty handy for gun shop owners, too. See the video below for details on that.