Watch: Grabbing a Pistol Slide for Self Defense
Russ Chastain 05.30.17
Can you disable a pistol by grabbing it to keep the slide from moving? Well, not exactly. But you *can* sorta-kinda turn it into a single-shot if the trigger is pulled and the round in the chamber is fired while you have a hold of the slide.
And no, it won’t hurt your hand because your hand keeps the slide from moving more than a fraction of an inch, if you have a good grip on it. In this remake/revisit of an older video, we clearly see that this method is effective on a number of different firearms.
The idea would be, grab the slide and point the muzzle away from you before the bad guy can fire. If he pulls the trigger, the gun goes bang but will not sure again until/unless the slide is racked. Racking the slide takes time, and in a fight, it will often take up too much time. So, that can put an assailant at a distinct disadvantage, which should at the least buy you some time.
But can you disable a semi-auto pistol entirely by shoving the slide out of battery? Sometimes, but don’t count on that to save you. All it would take would be one slip of your hand to allow that pistol to fire.
The video does provide proof of concept of this with two different models of pistol.