Is the slide in question on a specific gun, or is it any semi-auto?My wife has difficulty pulling the slide to chamber a round.
Thanks for posting that, MK! My wife finds racking the slide on my 1911 awkward. I'm going to have to show her this vid.Not necessarily. I've handled a lot of semi auto's. Some easier to rack than others. Shop around. Over time the recoil spring will loosen as well and make it easier. You can also teach her to rack it in a non conventional way. Have her grasp the slide with one hand and force the hand on the grip sharply downward. When I practice shoot, I wear a glove that is coated with a no slip coating.
Here's a video that might help explain it more.
I think what ever is comfortable for her to carry is what's best.This was a problem that my wife had with semi-autos. her answer ... steal my S&W 686.
I've often wondered what the difference is from a safety standpoint between a double action revolver and double action semi-auto with a round chambered. She wouldn't have to rack the slide, slip off the safety and she'd have a lot more rounds available than in a revolver or, heaven forbid, get a Glock and not even bother about the safety. I'd be interested in your opinions.