Handi-Racker 2: Helping You Rack That Pistol Slide

   04.18.16

Handi-Racker 2: Helping You Rack That Pistol Slide

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.

Handi-Racker 2 for large & medium pistols.
Handi-Racker 2 for large & medium pistols.

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.

Handi-Racker 2 for smaller pistols. The front sight goes in that slot.
Handi-Racker 2 for smaller pistols. The front sight goes in that slot.

They say it’s safe, durable, non-marring, simple, and made in the USA. I like all of those things!

Pretty cool.

It looks pretty handy for gun shop owners, too. See the video below for details on that.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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