Many semi-auto hand guns are difficult for some shooters to “rack” the action for loading a first round into the chamber, checking actual load status, or even opening the slide for cleaning the action. This can be a problem on most any semi-auto with optics mounted on or above the slide that could interfere with getting a firm grip on the slide, even if it moves easily. For some time now I had been looking for a slide assist tool that would “work” on my Ruger Standard .22 LR, which readers of this web site might have noted I have upgraded to a Mark II stainless target “bull” barrel with a scope mount base holding a Tasco 3 power scope. I CAN rack the slide, but it is not as easy to reach as I’d like.
The Majestic Arms slide racking accessory for the Ruger pistols ended my search. An easy to install piece that fits on the “ears” of the pistol’s bolt and is held in place by set screws, it allows easily operating the slide with one hadn – and can be set up for either right hand or “wrong” hand use! It should not cause any problems with holstering the pistol, and is a small price to pay for the ease of use it provides.
The company website has details for which size unit to order for your variation of the Ruger Standard, “Mark”, or .22/.45 series pistols. Unfortunately, I did not read carefully when ordering, and received the wrong size the first time. After some emails and a phone call, this was straightened out, and the second unit I received – which was the correct size for my older Ruger – was easy to install and works great!
I have often wondered why manufacturers of semi-auto pistols don’t incorporate some sort of “easy-racking” feature in their factory offerings, but I’m sure there is some potential legal problem they are anticipating? Besides making operating the slide easier for ANY shooter, for those with wrist problems or injuries or similar handicap, this “tool” can be a complete game changer.
Majesticarms.com, also offers other accessories for the Ruger semi-auto .22 pistols, including extended magazine release and bolt stop, triggers, scope rails, “Ez-Strip” disassemby kits, and even barrels.