Speed 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 - 12 SPEED RELOAD So now that you know about the tactical reload, the next type of reload I would like to talk about is the speed reload.

The upside to a speed reload is two-fold, it takes less time than both the tactical and empty gun reload, and is both easier and faster to perform than both of the others.

Now, as you are inevitably aware if you have read the Tactical Manual, you are undoubtedly waiting for the other shoe to drop due to the principal of duality... and you would be right.

The downside of the speed reload is that you will probably be leaving a partially filled magazine behind. And if you remember correctly, the two things are in high demand in a gunfight are ammunition and time.

It is always best to perform a reload of your choosing before you are forced into a reload that catches you in a reactive state. So it is best to perform the tactical reload when/if the situation allows for it, and a speed reload if the situation requires it.

If however you do end up conducting a speed reload and if it turns out that you were a little hasty in your decision, take heart, as not all is necessarily lost, because you may find that you do in fact have time to recover that dropped magazine. So, while keeping your eyes on the developing situation, go ahead and reach down and recover that ejected magazine after you have secured your area.

01 Pick it Up - If you were hasty in deciding on the speed reload, go ahead and pick up the magazine if it's safe to do so.

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Again, you as a responsible individual must make the decision that best fits your situation at that time, as no one can possibly foresee the situation you will be in, and you are the best judge to decide as to what technique is best for you in that particular instant.

Because this speed reload will most likely end up leaving a partially filled magazine behind, you have to make a conscious and proper decision as to when you want to risk it.

Generally speaking, you would perform a speed reload you feel you have shot enough to think that you may end up going empty (where you would be forced into an empty gun reload) and while you may not have the time to perform a tactical reload, and you would feel more comfortable with a filled magazine in the rifle rather than risking running your gun empty at an inopportune time.

Whatever the thought process that lead you to the speed reload, the technique is fast and simple.

To set yourself up for the speed reload, simply ensure you have partially filled magazine inserted into the magazine well. We need a partially filled magazine, because in real life, you will have shot some before doing this reload so your magazine will be partially filled, and during training, we don't want to drop a filled magazine on the deck with all of the additional weight which will damage your magazines more than a partially filled magazine would.

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

To set up the scenario in your mind, you have been shooting, so you are not at the field ready, and because you are considering a reload instead of being forced into one with an empty gun reload you are probably NOT pointing in your rifle at your target.

So you are probably either at a high ready (perhaps even at a one-handed high ready) sprinting to cover, or at the high ready or simply at the ready behind cover. If you were moving to cover/concealment you could continue your movement while performing this reload.

Regardless of the situation, with your trigger finger straight and off the trigger, bring the gun up and into your workspace as you have been practicing, and simultaneously your support hand will be indexing the fresh magazine.

Pre-stage the trigger finger on the magazine ejection button, but don't press just yet.

02 In Your Workspace - The rifle comes up into your workspace as you index the fresh magazine and your trigger finger pre-stages on the magazine release button.

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Why not eject the magazine immediately?

Generally speaking you do not want to eject that partially depleted magazine until you have a fresh magazine in your hand ready to fill the space left by the magazine you are about to eject.

Ideally we want to keep some rounds in the rifle until the very last moment possible. Additionally, we don't want to broadcast our state of affairs by having a magazine hitting the deck if we don't have something ready to replace it with immediately.

Granted, while this is only a very slight tactical advantage, you should take every advantage you can get.

Remember: by ejecting early, you are not gaining any speed in your reload, nor are you gaining any tactical advantage, you are only ingraining improper habits, limiting the number of rounds your firearm can feed, and broadcasting that you have ejected a magazine.

Finally, remember that you will have one round left in the chamber after you eject the partially depleted magazine (you are not unloaded), so you can still shoot if you need to, but you will be forced into a type-1 malfunction clearance (empty chamber), after you insert the magazine, before your gun is topped off and fully functional again.

Once you have the fresh magazine indexed and on its way out of your magazine pouch, you then want to press the magazine ejection button in, straight through the lower receiver and hold it in long enough to allow the old magazine to exit smoothly. If executed correctly the partially depleted magazine coming out of your rifle and the fresh magazine in your hand will pass each other in mid-air.

03 Passing Each Other - If executed properly, the two magazines should pass each other in mid-air.

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Just like during the tactical reload, 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.

04 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 other close bolt loading, to remedy this, simply download magazines to 27 or 28 rounds, whichever works best for you.

05 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.

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

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