Handi-Racker Pistol Assist Device

The Handi-Racker is a tool to help people rack the slide of their pistols. It is a block of plastic that fits over the muzzle end of the slide. It is channeled to press against the front of the slide and allow the barrel to protrude forward. By placing the Handi-Racker on the pistol, you put the Handi-Racker against a hard surface and push the frame of the pistol forward. They market this for elderly shooters and novice shooters who do not have enough finger strength to rack a pistol. There are some methods that a shooter can do to get the best mechanical advantage. But if those methods do not work for someone, this product may help them.


Guns America did a review and highlighted a more practical use than everyday racking a pistol. Clearing a bad jam. My friend had a similar problem with his Glock 35. The round would not go into battery and it was very difficult to extract the round. We were finally able to clear the jam and inspected the round. The new brass casing he was using were bulged and did not fit in the chamber. If he had a Handi-Racker, it would have been a LOT easier to clear that jam.

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The Handi-Racker sells for $24.99. They have different models for an array of pistols.

Small: Keltec P3-AT,Ruger LCP, S&W Body Guard 380 and more.

Medium: Keltec PF9, Ruger LC9, Kahr CW9, Bersa 380 and more.

Large: Most Glocks, Springfield XD & XDM’s, S&W M&P’s, 1911’s and more.

X-Large: 45 cal Glocks, Springfield 45 XD & XDM’s, S&W M&P’s45, Hi-Point 45’s and more

As well as a Beretta and clone model.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Dr. Daniel Jackson

    An easier solution is to get a revolver if you can’t rack the slide of handgun.

    • tony patric

      some revolvers have a trigger pull too heavy for some elderly people. but at the same time, if you cant rack it or pull a heavy trigger, then how can you control the recoil? i am mixed on this product, it does help them, but at the same time, it creates safety issues

      • Don Ward

        Not when the revolver is fired single action.

      • Dr. Daniel Jackson

        Most revolvers also have single action,also a gunsmith can make a double action revolver’s trigger almost feel like a single action,had a great smith do that to my ruger service six.

      • George Mason

        Lighter springs will significantly improve the pull, and as long as you don’t go too light it will still be 100% reliable.

    • iksnilol

      Revolvers are way harder to use than a semi auto pistol.

      You have more recoil (especially due to the shape of the grip and high boreline), more frequent reloads that are much easier to fumble and mess up.

      • Giolli Joker

        Get a Chiappa Rhino and the first issue is solved☺

        • iksnilol

          The other issues still remain, a revolver is still harder to use than a pistol.

          • Giolli Joker

            The tool we’re talking about has (maybe) reason of existing only in a non competitive shooting at the range… no “operator”, no defense, no practical shooting… fun on the range, where a revolver is only slightly more difficult to use than a single shot pistol.

          • mosinman

            i find them simple to use

        • Y-man

          Shot one of those and MAN! No muzzle rise at all… Sweet shooting revolver.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, and they have that sci-fi look to them too. I want one, though I would prefer an 8 shot cylinder. And top break or at least have the cylinder be able to swing out to either side (I am ambi). A guy can dream, right?

      • Don Ward

        They’re only “harder” when you do something silly like firing a suped up .357 round out of the new (idiotic) super light-weight frame. A steel framed revolver, firing a .38 Special round with a decent grip produces a reasonable recoil.

      • Dr. Daniel Jackson

        Reloading a revolver isn’t very hard,just use a speed loader,revolver don’t have a ton of recoil unless you are shooting a .357 magnum in a light weight gun,.38 special has close to no recoil unless you are shooting +p’s in a light gun,and even if recoil is a problem at least the person can get their gun into action vs someone who can’t rack a slide,also you can get a revolver ported if recoil is a huge issue.

      • George Mason

        In a full size K frame, even .38 Special +P have far less recoil than full sized 9mm’s

  • Giolli Joker

    Clearing a bad jam, after having removed the magazine, seems a good use of the tool.
    Using it to simply rack the slide doesn’t look to me as “the safest way to rack your pistols”…

    • Nicholas Chen

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Just what I’ve been looking for!

    …. said noone ever..

  • echelon

    Well I could maybe see this for whom they are marketing to, but I would have to necessitate that if you can’t properly actuate the tool then it may be time to get a different tool.

    I may want to drive a manual transmission sports car but if I can’t clutch and shift…

    Also I would be a little concerned with possibly damaging or messing up the alignment of the front sight under strained use.

  • WFDT

    Perhaps a revolver would be a better solution to this problem.

  • Josh Reashore

    This is the most useless and misguided firearms product I have seen in quite some time. If someone is old enough or weak enough that they lack the manual dexterity/strength to rack a pistol slide, they probably should NOT be using a firearm.

    • raz-0

      I disagree. I just think the tool is way more limited than their marketing proposes.

      99%+ of people I run into who have trouble racking a slide because “they aren’t strong enough” just need a little bit of technique. While there may be some who shouldn’t, in that wee bit left over, there are people who have had injury, surgery, etc. to one hand, and legitimately have issue with the two hand operation. It’s probably safer than racking it on the belt, pocket, or sole of the shoe. It isn’t going to help them clearing jams, but they are often capable of reloading with the messed up hand and operating the slide release with their good hand. I’m not going to be the one to tell them they can’t use a firearm for recreation or personal defense even if it is sub optimal as long as they don’t present a gross danger to everyone around them. Most of the techniques for them to get by at worst increase risk to themselves, and IMO that’s their life and their business.

  • sianmink

    $24.99 for a product of limited use that I could make out of a block of pine, a few tools and half an hour? OK.

  • NewerHCE

    This will go great with my VersaCarry holster!

  • WasThere

    I applaud the effort, but this type of device isn’t really needed.

  • FrenchKiss

    Yeah, I’m not seeing that this is an appropriate solution. If you can’t CYCLE the slide, you shouldn’t own a gun that requires you to do something you can’t.

  • wetcorps

    RAK style 😀

  • mzungu

    Is there Handi Trigger Assist Device to go with this?

  • sianmink

    I said half an hour because I don’t actually know what I’m doing most of the time and will probably screw up the first one.

  • kevin kelly

    He’s not that bad. At least he’s doing something for himself. Wouldn’t call him a “useless creature”. Lol

  • Grindstone50k

    If people buy it, then there’s a market for it.

  • Grindstone50k

    Wow. Just wow. I don’t even have the words.

  • john huscio

    Seems like an accident waiting to happen…..

  • Early Brown

    I’ve trained several thousand shooters, include quite a few with physical challenges. I met a guy in the 80’s who had been a competitive pistol shooter (bullseye) until he was seriously wounded in VN. His right arm was saved, but certainly didn’t work very well.

    A few years later, determined to compete again, he designed something similar to this out of an oak block. He fastened it to the shooting bench and from that moment on, his biggest challenge was loading the mags. By the time I met him, he was a highly competent competitor–especially considering that he had had to train himself to shoot left-handed.

    Just so you don’t miss the point, this was a wounded veteran who refused to let his combat injuries stop him from doing something he enjoyed.

    So next time you want to look for a “pointless clownshow,” check between your ears.