Gunfighter Moment – Frank Proctor

There are plenty of ways to load a semi auto pistol or rifle. Many years ago I was trained to perform a “deliberate” load procedure. I am a firm believer in some sort of deliberate load procedure. I use it as a chance to get 1 more repetition on things that matter and an inspection of the gun to make sure it’ll work when needed.

My full on load procedure goes as follows; find something small in a safe direction to present the gun to, this is a great chance to rehearse a shot sequence and see the gun come to what you are looking at. After a short marination on what “right looks like” bring the gun into your workspace and lock the slide or bolt to the rear. At this point I do a 4 point check, inspecting the chamber, magwell, breach face and one more look to the chamber. After a quick inspection of the gun, grab s magazine from your ” go to” spot and perform the mechanics of a reload while driving the gun back to what you were looking at. Once the reload is rehearsed I perform a press check for confirmation that there’s a round in the chamber. I then reset that mag pouch and check any other lights or lasers on the gun. For matches I’ll check my other mags and make sure they aren’t loaded too tight for an action forward reload.

This load procedure has never cost me anything and had prevented me from having that uncomfortable click no bang situations I’ve seen happen to shooters who load differently. Some items of note, the deliberate load procedure can be modified but I believe in getting more reps if you can. I will always do the press check, it’s just too easy and do critical. I perform this whole procedure with the trigger finger on the frame of the gun.

Here’s a video talking through the deliberate load and a coupled other techniques:

– Frank Proctor


Frank Proctor has served over 18 years in the military, the last 11 of those in US Army Special Forces. During his multiple combat tours in Afghanistan & Iraq he had the privilege to serve with and learn from many seasoned veteran Special Forces Operators so their combined years of knowledge and experience has helped him to become a better operator & instructor. While serving as an instructor at the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course he was drawn to competitive shooting. He has since earned the USPSA Grand Master ranking in the Limited Division and Master ranking in the IDPA Stock Service Pistol division. He learned a great deal from shooting in competition and this has helped him to become to become a better tactical shooter. Frank is one of the few individuals able to bring the experiences of U.S. Army Special Forces, Competitive Shooting, and veteran Instructor to every class.

All this experience combines to make Frank Proctor a well-rounded shooter and instructor capable of helping you to achieve your goal of becoming a better shooter.

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