Tactical Reload (R)

The Rifle Drills course is an on-line curricula consists of 15 short instructional modules with quizzes.

The predecessor to the Rifle Drills Course is the Handgun Drills course which we encourage everyone to start with. By building on the foundation of the Handgun Drills course you will more quickly learn what works for you should you be afforded the luxury of enough time to retrieve your long gun.

In this Rifle Drills course, we will provide you with the study materials needed to begin mastering stress resistant gun handling techniques for the rifle. This course will introduce you to drills that you should practice at home (dry) and on the range (live).

The drill modules should be completed in order, after which the student can revisit any module at any time to refresh their memory. Students who complete all 15 modules and pass the quizzes will be awarded a certificate that can be posted to their profile page.

INSTRUCTIONS: Watch the video, read the narrative, review the still photos then take the quiz at the bottom. When done move on to the next module indicated at the bottom.

DURATION: 30 Minutes


RIFLE DRILLS - 11 TACTICAL RELOAD What I am going to share with you next are the different types of reloads that you have at your disposal.

Keep in mind that the only purpose of any reload is to keep your firearm loaded with ammunition so that you can continue to fight and not run empty at an inconvenient time, or, if you do run empty at an inconvenient time, you will be able to get back in the fight as quickly as possible.

There are three types of reloads that we teach at PULSE O2DA, and each one of them have there own proper application. The techniques we are going to give you require your use of thought in applying the correct technique for the appropriate situation which best fits your particular tactical needs at that moment.

The first type of reload we are going to talk about is the tactical re-load. Like all things in life, there is give and take. The upside to choosing a tactical reload is that you get to keep your partially filled magazine on your body. This is great because a partially filled magazine means that in a worst-case scenario, you will still have rounds available, even if you have to go back to a partially depleted magazine to get them.

Why is that important? Because the two things are in constant and rare supply in a gunfight are ammunition and time, so don't be flagrant by giving inappropriately, Remember: Waist not, want not.

The downside to the tactical reload, and that is that it takes a little longer to accomplish than the other two reloads that we are going to teach you in the next few chapters.

Because this particular reload is going to take longer than the others, you have to make a conscious and proper decision as to when you want to perform it.

You would typically choose a tactical reload after you have had "your turn" (after you have shot), and you believe you are relatively safe to do so, such as when you are safely tucked behind cover and have conducted proper contact drills and you believe that you both need to top off your rifle and you also believe that you have the time to safely top off your rifle.

You obviously wouldn't want to do this if you just engaged one person and hear his friends running up the stairs after you to see what all the commotion was about, because in this situation you would probably choose one of the other two reloads.

With that in mind, let's cover the tactical reload:

To set yourself up for the tactical reload, simply ensure you have partially filled magazine inserted into the magazine well, and a fresh magazine in your magazine pouch.

We use a partially filled magazine for this reload as well as the speed reload, because in real life, you will have done some shooting before doing this reload, so your magazine will be partially filled. Also, during training we don't want to drop a filled magazine on the deck with the additional weight of being filled, which could damage your magazines more quickly than a partially filled magazine hitting the ground.

With a partially filled magazine in your rifle, and with a fresh magazine in your magazine pouch you are set up to perform the tactical reload. So to set up the scenario:

You have shot, so you are out of the holster, and probably in the ready position with your finger straight off of the trigger.

01 Ready - You have done some shooting and you are now at the ready position.

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Once again, bring your rifle up into your personal workspace, pre-positioning the rifle so that you can eject the magazine into your hand in the identical manner you have been trained to during the unloading procedure.

This means that your trigger finger should be pre-positioned on the magazine release, ready to press by the time your support side hand reaches the magazine.

02 In Your Workspace - Just like previously when you want to work with it, bring the rifle into your personal workspace.

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Ensure you are depressing the magazine release button by pressing straight through the lower receiver of the rifle, once you press firmly to eject the magazine HOLD the press of the magazine release until the magazine is fully removed from the magazine well. Just like in the unloading sequence, properly index the partially depleted magazine that is now ejecting into your support hand.

03 Depress Magazine Release - Press the magazine release straight through and HOLD the magazine release button in as you extract the magazine.

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Once the magazine is removed from the rifle's magazine well, place it into a support side receptacle, your support side trouser pocket will work just fine.

Again, this is an opportunity for proper practice, so receive the magazine into your support hand with a proper magazine index.

04 Stow -Properly index the magazine as it comes out, and stow it in a support side pocket.

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Immediately upon stowing the partially depleted magazine, properly index a fresh magazine in the same manner you were taught for the loading sequence.

05 Index - Once the old magazine is stowed immediately index the fresh one correctly.

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Next, much like during your loading sequence, bring the magazine out of the magazine pouch quickly. Bring that magazine quickly up to the magazine well, and put on the breaks to assure everything is aligned properly.

Once things area aligned and you are inserted about an inch, firmly insert the magazine to ensure it is seated.

06 Insert - Move quickly to get to the magazine well, then slow down for the actual alignment, then firmly insert the magazine to ensure it is properly seated.

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There should be no surprise here, just as previously in your loading procedure, once you have firmly inserted the magazine into the magazine well and you believe that it is seated, tug firmly on the magazine to ensure that it is seated properly. If it is not correctly seated and comes out in your hand, lesson learned... Once again align and insert even more firmly the next go around.

If for some reason you are having an extremely difficult time seating the magazine, it may be due to the fact that your magazine may be too filled with ammunition (filled to capacity and the spring won't give enough to allow for easy magazine seating against the bolt or bolt carrier).

This over filling could also lead to problems with an closed bolt loading, to remedy this, simply download magazines to 27 or 28 rounds, whichever works best for you.

07 Tug - Pull firmly on the bottom of the magazine to ensure it is seated properly.

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Once you have competed the tugging on the magazine and you know it's seated, reestablish your support side hand's grip on the handguard, and reassume the ready position.

08 Ready - Once the reload is complete, finish at the ready position, ready to fight.

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