9 Year Old Reloads Like A Boss

Check out this 9 year old kid mastering a pistol reload.  This video was posted on Facebook by Max Michel and the kid’s name is JW Aguirre.

If you watch JW and break down his reload, he uses his support thumb to hit the release. Then it is all speed. He rushes for a new mag, has it out and into the pistol, resumes firing in shy of 2 seconds. Very, very well done young man. Keep it up.


Edit: JW’s father reached out to me and gave me some more information.

JW has a facebook page, that his parents created and monitor, where you can follow him and his shooting exploits. According to Jesse, JW’s father, JW has been shooting since September of last year and is competing regularly in USPSA matches.

Right on. It makes me smile to see parents and kids enjoy shooting sports responsibly while doing it the best they can.

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


  • Phil Hsueh

    This kid isn’t related to Jerry Miculek by any chance is he?

    • An Interested Person

      Probably his clone, slowing coming of age.

  • whskee

    Now if we could just teach the adults…

  • BantheSqueakers

    A future Gecko45 in the making.

  • numya

    that was awesome. He should try it with an empty chamber so he has to complete the full reload procedure- that is, releasing the slide. Nice though

    • mitori

      You don’t go to slide lock in USPSA.

  • Blackhawk

    Someone should introduce him to the HK/Euro style mag release under the trigger guard. Much easier for smaller hands to use.

    • Randy Gruber

      Is this the same release as the Walther PPS? My brother has a PPS and I thought it was very similar looking to my XDs but the mag release being at the bottom of the trigger guard was so foreign to me. I found it very difficult to operate. Now I shoot mostly Glock and Springfield so the difficulty I am sure was on me but still I just don’t get the logic.

      • mig1nc

        H&K, Walther, and their clones.

      • Blackhawk

        Well the PPS has a lengthened version, but yes, that’s the style. It’s common on some Walther as well as H&K guns. I personally like it more than the button style. I think for smaller hands it can be much easier to use with your strong hand index or middle finger than reaching for a button with your thumb.

      • Ben

        The paddle style mag release addresses the main design flaw of the button style release: it can’t be inadvertently pressed. This is a particular issue when a fabric holster is used, which is relevant when you bear in mind that the first guns to use paddle releases (HK USP/Mk.23 and Walther P99) were developed, released and issued long before plastic/kydex holsters were the norm.

        The paddle release also offers two additional benefits:

        1 – It is inherently ambidextrous.

        2 – It reduces the overall width profile of the gun. The Walther P99 is particularly notable for this at 1.1″ wide.

        For average size male hands* the best way to use a paddle release is to manipulate it with your trigger finger. Alternatively you can use the thumb of your support hand, which has the added bonus of putting your hand in exactly the right place you grab the magazine for retention reloads.

        *For reference, where you’re thumb isn’t quite long enough to hit a normal button release without breaking your grip. Mid to large glove size.

  • CaptAmerica12 .

    Very Relaxed. Good Job. He is blessed with Great parents to help teach him like this.

  • Daniel Larson

    He did better than Bruce Willis did in tears of the sun.