Vickers Tactical Slide Racker for Glock 42

Tango Down is now selling the new Vickers Tactical Slide Racker for the Glock 42. Larry Vickers thought the slide serrations on the G42 weren’t up to the task during high-stress situations or even during normal range days. He teamed up with the folks at Tango Down to create his G42 slide racker to help remedy this. Their new Slide Racker is made out of stainless steel & injection molded glass reinforced nylon and weights in at 1oz. It retails for $18.95 at



With each new Glock model, Larry Vickers is the first to cast a cold, hard stare of reality on its intended mission and customer base. After extended range sessions, few things stood out for improvement, but one thing was clear: the slide was difficult to grasp and cycle under normal circumstances, let alone high-stress ‘events’.

The small slide, shallow finger purchase cuts and stout recoil spring assembly make for tough initial chambering, especially for women or anyone with less than optimal finger/hand strength. Outside of an expensive trip to a machine shop or gunsmith to make the slide purchase cuts deeper, there was no fix. Until the TD design team got the call.

The GSR-01 is a top quality drop-in part that solves the issue cold. Injection molded of glass-reinforced nylon with stainless steel reinforcement just like the OEM part, it replaces the striker retention plate in minutes with no other modification to the sidearm. Once in place, the GSR-01 offers easy, effortless and positive slide cycling under any condition.

-Tough, stainless steel & injection molded glass reinforced nylon construction

-Extended ‘Wing’ shape with serrations makes for easy slide cycling, even under stress

-Installs in minutes, without any weapon modifications

OA Length: 1.187 Width: .620 Weight: 1 oz Made in the USA

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  • Will

    How much crap can one hang on a .380 pocket pistol?
    Laser, (light?) extra wide slide plate that has a high chance of hanging up on your clothing or holster????
    Where’s the can opener, whistle, bayonet, and MRE heater???
    It’s a pocket pistol that’s made to be used at very close range!!!
    It should be carried with a round chambered.
    We are not Israeli commandos who can draw, rack the slide and fire five rounds in the blink of an eye.
    Spend the cash on ammo and go to the range and practice, practice, practice!!!

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      To each his own, dude.
      A laser and a slide thingy are not that excessive. I carry a Glock and sure as hell don’t walk around with a round chambered.

      • david

        If you are not carrying it chambered you are making a big mistake. Get some professional training

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Im capable of determining whether or not I need to carry chambered. I dont.

          • anon

            Congratulations on your objectively bad decision.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Whatever, see you at the food court mall ninja.

          • daviod

            Why does it not surprise me that you hang out at the mall? Stay there, you will get hurt out in the real world.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Which one are you?
            Gary Wayne or Kenny Wayne?
            You and all the other Tier One Tactical SCUBA Snipers posting here should open up your own Ninja Academy.

          • David

            Apparently not. Get some professional help. You need it in several areas

          • kyphe

            Generally if an armed situation occurs where you do not have time to rack a slide as the other person is already handling a loaded firearm and aiming it at you, then drawing a gun at all will be fatal to you in most cases. Rapid response shootouts only really happen to law enforcement who have the job of putting themselves into those situations where someone may draw on them. The US is filling up with guys with daydreams of being operators lol who are far more of a danger to the public than a sensible guy with an empty pistol chamber.

          • Budogunner

            Dude, seriously, calm down. There is nothing illegal or unsafe about condition 3. I don’t carry that way, I don’t teach people to carry that way, but it is still a legitimate option.

            Your tone doesn’t indicate you are trying to educate or otherwise operate in his best interest either. All I see from you in this thread is self-aggrandixing incivility.

            So agree to disagree, shake hands, etc.

        • Dwayne

          The magic 8-ball told him that if he’s going to be in an armed confrontation, everything will go according to plan, so having both hands completely free and unobstructed is none of his concern.

          • Giolli Joker

            He got trained by Jimi Hendrix, he only racks the slide with his teeth! It’s his own business, isn’t it?

          • Dan

            No we are clearly dealing with very qualified highly trained individuals who are most likely instructors at a premier training academy. Notorious would do well to heed their infinite wisdom.

          • Paladin

            I don’t know of very many trainers who advocate carrying without a round in the chamber (outside of Israel). If you’ve got a proper holster and know how to use it (and the safety between your ears) the chances of an ND are pretty much nonexistent.

          • Dan

            Not the point, what we have here are a few tools who think their opinion matters, and feel qualified to go around criticising how others chose to do things. His way of doing things is not my way. I am not a qualified instructor and therefore I don’t tell people how to do anything that I am not paid to tell them.

          • David

            The point is “his” way is dangerous but he is not trained enough to know it.



          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Says the most highly decorated combat veteran of Mall Team Six who recently assaulted Sbarros.

          • david

            Nice self portrait. Your mom must be so proud.

          • Budogunner

            Sbarros is delicious. If Middle east peace talks were held over lunches from there everything would work out.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Agreed, that place was Mecca to me in HS. I’ll probably be dead ten years before my time but worth it.

          • Dan

            Dangerous to who? You? No? Then shut up. You remind me of the dinks who constantly cry around about people not wearing their seat belt. Who cares, if they wanna roll the dice let them.

          • David

            Yes, people who carry and don’t know anything about how to use and carry a firearm is a danger to me and everyone else. So STFU yourself.

          • Dan

            So because he doesn’t carry a round in the chamber he doesn’t know how to use his weapon? I know how to use mine with or without a round in the chamber. You got some flawed logic there bud.

          • david

            Yes, people who carry unloaded guns are untrained. If they had training, they would know why its stupid to carry guns unloaded.

            You have wasted enough of my time…bye.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Maybe they dont cover this in any of your TACTICAL DELTA SEAL training DVD’s but “unloaded” and “not chambered” are different things.
            See? You learned something today.
            You’re welcome:)

          • David

            Does not matter. Stupid is a stupid does.

          • Dan

            So what happens if I carry my gun unloaded? Does that magically untrain me? I do agree with you that a loaded gun is better. I disagree with you jumping to conclusions that he has had no formal training. If that is what makes him feel comfortable and he practices that way, more power to him. If he ends up getting shot, well then he chose poorly.

          • Bill

            Um, you haven’t had to clean up the mess after someone’s been ejected and had their own car roll over them until they are goo.

          • Dan

            Sorry Bill be there done that. Also carried pieces of a guy trapped in a burning car by his seat belt. People chose their fate. Once they’ve been educated it’s up to them to make the choice. You sir are not one of the dinks I speak of.

      • Will

        Yep, your call.
        It all depends on how you train.

      • Kelly Jackson

        I carry a DA/SA and I always carry with the hammer back because I’m an operator.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Good thinking, al Qaeda could be anywhere.

        • Dan

          I hope you have your finger on the trigger as well otherwise it’s pointless.

      • USMC03Vet

        Is that because of a safety concern or just preference?

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Preference mainly, but also safety secondary.

      • shooter2009

        “…I carry a Glock and sure as hell don’t walk around with a round chambered…”

        Why not?

    • Budogunner

      I’m suspicious, despite the lack of pink, that the target market here is women who are new to concealed carry. Most gunshops I’ve been in push revolvers on women, much to my annoyance. They claim they are mechanically simpler, as if women are less intelligent or capable of learning to operate a semi-auto. However, if a revolver has too long or heavy a trigger, this is a compact alternative in the light .380 caliber so often recommended to women (again, to my annoyance).

      Look at the gun setup pictured. Small, slim, laser, and sling-shot style slide racker? Everything about this screams purse gun. Let’s follow sexist gunshop logic for a painful minute: Carry condition 3 (because you can’t trust women with a loaded chamber), use the slide racker (because women are too weak to rack a slide with the over tel he top grip), and put the laser dot on the target (because women panic and don’t use irons).

      I could be overreacting, but I’m suspicious… I can’t make sense of that setup any other way.

      • Armrer

        Budogunner, you nailed it. The G42 slide cuts are unusually shallow for a Glock, and most women can’t rack the slide properly. That was the reason for the product. But hey, in ‘Will’s’ world, EVERYONE is a super stud like him..

  • Vitsaus

    Wasn’t the slimness the point of this gun? Now its wider at its widest point. Also, if the slide is too difficult to manipulate than perhaps a different gun is better for the would be user… But I guess of some one has convinced themselves that the only gun they can possibly carry is a Glock 42 then there is really no helping them.

    • Sianmink

      LAV’s gotta sell merchandise.

  • USMC03Vet

    Or you could just buy a handgun model that you can operate properly.

    Just a thought. There are so many to choose from you should be able to get something stock that works for you.

    • FourString

      is it just me, or has there been a spike in these after the H&K VP9 debuted?

      • TomOakheart

        Yeah, and remember the hate the vp9 got for the “wings”? I love my vp9.

        • FourString

          I should like to procure one in California through some work around eventually. Like maybe a po box or temporary residence in Nevada or Oregon lol.

  • Tacticool vickers

  • Bill

    Some valid points, but not only may people have physical issues that preclude racking the slide normally, there may be situations in which a pistol needs to be loaded and a round chambered single handedly. Modern pistols have been streamlined and smoothed to the point where it’s hard to use the sights or edges of the slide to cycle it against a belt buckle, boot sole or piece of furniture, and this could certainly help. My main concern is that most thumb-break holsters may not fit, and I’d rather carry it without a round in the chamber, or a magazine inserted, or at all, than in a #####.

  • Spencerhut

    That is the most worthless thing I have seen come from Vickers.

    • Budogunner

      At least the price isn’t insane. If someone “has” to have it, might as well not get ripped off too badly

  • KestrelBike

    People were throwing all kinds of shade at the other guy who made a similar device.

  • john huscio

    The vp9 has these built in

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Dont worry, dude, its not your responsibility to speak for those dummies. Why they even care is beyond me. Worst case scenario I’ll be dead and they can say “Told you so!”.
    Anyway, my Glock .45 is the only one I dont carry C1. My Walther PPK and Sig P238 are always carried C1. I prefer the external manual safety. Maybe its an irrational fear but I know from long experience that mechanical objects fail and when it comes to a failure that could kill somebody I prefer to see with my own eyes whether the safety is engaged. Again, I realize this may be an unfounded fear but, hey, I dont live in Gaza or Damascus so I am comfortable with my choice.

    • Budogunner

      That makes sense. I’ve known many Glock owners with similar anxieties. Usually lots of empty gun draw practice and dry firing from empty gun draws helps build confidence in themselves and the system. Still, accidents happen.

      The additional safety features are why I prefer the XD and XDM. I love the trigger and external safety of the 1911 but the magazine capacity sacrifice is too much for me. There are STI double stacks, but I could keep my XDM and buy a used car instead.

      To each their own. I know competitive shooters and real operators may do differently than I do, but as long as it is safe, why worry about there being multiple methods of carry? There are many varieties of holsters for a reason. Conditions and equipment dictate the safest and most responsible methods.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        99% of my training and experience is with rifles, SMG’s and MG’s. Im no pistolero I just carry the way I feel safest. I never meant to start a national debate.
        I guess some people (not you) think its their responsibility to “train” the rest of us.

        • Budogunner

          In my state of residence, our CCDW license does not specify handgun only. In fact, it covers knives, blackjacks, nunchucku, etc. Nowhere does the law exclude rifles, SMGs, or MGs. Get a 5.11 select carry pack, your compact carbine or rifle of choice, and feel free to carry a round comfortably chambered : P I’ve known people who do just that.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Nah, I’m not that guy.
            I’ll be OK with my little Sig. Plus the weather here is hellish, 98° and 75% humidity. Not exactly pack weather.

          • Bill

            I think I appreciate what you are trying to do, but if I ever thought I needed to carry a rifle off-duty, I’d sell most of my guns and move to a better neighborhood.

          • Budogunner

            No sane person wants to be in a position where they must use deadly force in self defense. Still, many of us obtained CCDW licenses and carry because we believe that need is possible. If such a situation did arise, I’d much rather have a rifle than a handgun. As my CCDW Instructor course put it, “A Handgun is what you use to fight your way to your rifle.”

            While, on the one hand, I get that you think carrying a rifle is overkill on the other I could say that if you feel the need to carry AT ALL you should find a safer neighborhood. Handguns are not morally superior to carry and they certainly have disadvantages when compared to defensive carbines.

  • Budogunner

    That astounds me, truly. If someone can’t handle a P7 safely I don’t know what to tell them. “Don’t ever touch a gun again,” maybe.

  • scaatylobo

    REALLY ?, I am not a fan of Vickers and this “invention” smacks of “the bolt anything to a gun to make a profit” ploy that I see too often.
    Add a bit more bulk to a gun that was made to be CONCEALABLE ?, really.
    Better to add a coat hanger to that slide to make REALLY,REALLY easy to rack.

  • Jarhead0369

    It will work better since it’s a “tactical” whatever.

  • RPK

    Wilson Shooting makes the TacRack for Glock firearms, the S&W M&P and S&W M&P Shield series. I added one to the wife’s M&P Shield .9mm pistol to improve her ability to rack the slide to the rear or chamber a round. Not an obtrusive item that sticks out too far or looks odd to say the least. Well made, practical and reliable product. Made a big difference for my wife. As with any product, if you do not like it…do not buy it!