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


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  • Andrew Durkel

    Its no gross motor skill reload though…

  • iksnilol

    I want to see people try quickly reloading while retaining the magazine.

    • imachinegunstuff

      this

    • Joe

      One has to practice for both. Caring about an empty magazine when rounds are coming back at you is silly, yes I’ve seen folks do it but it doesn’t make much sense to me. When things lull pop a squat, grab your crap and go.

      • Mc Cain

        Trying to hang on to your magazine and throw it in a dump pouch is about as idiotic as muscle-memorizing yourself into pocketing your empty brass on a revolver reload.

      • Joshua

        why would you try and reload under fire? even at this speed your still spending two seconds in someones crosshairs while you are not shooting, when you click, get down.

        • Mc Cain

          Why would you reload under fire?

          Um…..because you need to?

          • iksnilol

            Um… why would you shoot empty without cover?

            I really think that reloading while on the move is some 3-gun or mall ninja stuff. I’ve never really seen it done.

            I mean, standard procedure is being behind cover as much as possible. Why wouldn’t that apply to reloads as well? When you reload you are more vulnerable.

          • Mc Cain

            Well, you convinced me, because you’ve never seen it done.

            Smirk.

          • iksnilol

            I just don’t see the sense behind it. And I’ve never seen it mentioned in any millitary manuals that you should reload in the open. All of them stress reloading under cover.

          • Mc Cain

            Reloading behind cover is ideal. But life is not always ideal. You better learn how to reload effectively while you are hauling ass.

          • iksnilol

            I mean, maybe it’s a good idea to try to get to cover instead of wasting focus on a reload?

          • Squirreltakular

            But what if you haven’t had time to do a tactical reload and you are moving down a linear feature like a hallway? If a threat or threats appear and you run dry, your options are a) turn around and run to cover while being shot repeatedly in the back, b) transition to a sidearm (which most grunts don’t carry), or c) speed reload as fast as possible and continue putting rounds downrange.

            Haley cut his teeth in Iraq, where a situation like that was not that unlikely. We certainly trained for it a lot in the Marines.

          • Joshua

            when you run empty in a hall, drop to one knee, your second man can shoot over you and step to the front, giving you time to reload, when he runs empty you do the same for him, ideally, course by then one of you will be dead.
            Course ideally you wouldn’t be moving down a hall under fire, grenades first, mousehole second, and line up in front of the machine gun as a last resort.
            or does that no longer make sense?

          • Squirreltakular

            You’re looking at this as if it’s a videogame where your plans go off without a hitch and you can predict your opponents’ movements. Talk to anyone who’s been to combat and they’ll tell you that the emergency reload makes sense to train.

            For example, in your scenario, what happens when you’re on the street and are preparing to make entry into a house. You are the rear man in your team, so no one else is facing the same way as you, you go to top off your rifle before making entry, and multiple guys come aroubd a corner. Are you going to retain your magazine, still? It’s been mentioned before, but the mentality is not that this is going to happen often or even ever. The point is to train for the eventuality.

          • Joshua

            in that scenario you might as well start praying because they have
            you dead to rights, by all means drop the mag and go for another, fight for your life, but you are dead. And in that scenario the adrenaline will hit you like a ton of bricks and you can kiss your fine motor skills goodbye.

            If you are a civilian? I can’t come up with a reason why you would reload under fire, you are not, and should not be going room to room sweeping for an active shooter, that is not your job, and will get you shot by another CCW or LEO because they think you are an active shooter. If your shooting as a civvie, your shooting from cover, if you don’t have cover, statistics say your dead as often as you live, and odds are you won’t use the entire magazine before it’s over.

          • Squirreltakular

            Holy insert expletive here. Fine, bro. Have it your way. I have no idea how much time you have behind the trigger, but I’m guessing it’s less than either me or all the professionals out there who advocate teaching this.

            Enjoy your life.

          • Joshua

            I’m just trying to understand why you would reload in the open while taking fire, it is not what I was taught, I can see no reason behind it, so I’m asking the Professionals here, as you so put it, why you would try and reload while in someone’s crosshairs. So far no one in this discussion has come up with a reason, just merely that I’m wrong.
            Don’t get it twisted, I’m not saying don’t be proficient with your arms, after all, second only to proper utilization of cover, proficiency with your weapon is the best indicator for success in a gunfight. But if we are going to teach, and learn, should we not be focusing on proper utilization of cover, since that is the number one indicator for success in combat, these speed reloads, while visually impressive, are always done standing, with no cover. Should we not learn to employ cover before learning to be lightning fast on a reload? yet never have I seen that aspect emphasized here.

          • Squirreltakular

            The short answer, and one that has already been given twice in this conversation, is that sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you are out of rounds and there are people in front of you that still beed to be shot. Now, short of running to cover while people to your left or right may still be shooting, you can either choose to waste a second or two retaining the mag, or you can continue to fight. Once again, you do not plan for this to happen, you do not throw your other TTPs and SOPs out the window, you still seek cover if you can or reload with retention if you can, but sometines combat is hectic and you just end up needing to reload quickly. We train for contingencies, not just for our ideal scenario.

          • Joshua

            then that’s reasonable, if you are teaching this as a contingency it’s useful, and if you can cross train to be able to reload at even 60% of this speed in improvised positions you are doing good, I don’t see that in these videos, I see guys doing tactical reload after tactical reload like it’s a Call of Duty game, paying no attention to what is around them.
            This discussion started over a comment about reloading under fire, and whether you would be better served to do a tactical reload, or move for cover then reload, from your last comment you are advocating to move for cover if possible, but be prepared to reload without cover, with the assistance of suppressive fire, is that accurate?
            Because if so we seem to be arguing for the same thing, through different channels.

          • Squirreltakular

            I get what you’re saying. For context, drills like this are often done on the square range with nothing else going on simply to demonstrate a mastery of the basics. If you look, there are plenty of videos out there where these drills are incorporated into greater scenarios where fire and movement or manuever is happening.

            One thing you need to understand is that there are a ton of situations during MOUT where you may need to do this without the benefit of coverjng fire. You may already be behind cover when it happens, though, like when taking and holding a corner. You can’t just give up the corner to reload. There’s a reason why everyone who knows what they’re doing teaches to reload while keeping your weapon up, so that you can keep your eyes on whomever you’re engaging.

          • Squirreltakular

            I see what you’re getting at. There was definitely some confusion as to each of our intents.

            For context, drills like this are often done on a flat range, with nothing else going on, because people are trying to master a technique before integrating it into the rest of their training. There definitely is a “cool guy/mall ninja” factor to it, though. Rest assured, there are plenty of videos out there of people doing these drills within a greater training event, like MOUT or fire and maneuver.

            You also need to realize that there are plenty of situations where you could find yourself running dry and without cover immediately at hand, or where you are already behind cover and still need to keep shooting. Having to take and hold a corner comes to mind; you don’t give up a corner unless you’re being suppressed by accurate fires. Also, there’s a reason everyone who knows that they’re doing teaches to reload your weapon within your workspace: to keep your target in view as you manipulate the weapon. Short of having an autist’s counting abilities (Archer, anyone?), it can be really, really hard to keep track of how many rounds you’ve fired when people are shooting at you. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t tac reload whenever possible, but the “lull in the action” that you always hear people allude to is largely a myth; either shooting is happening or the shooting is over.

            The guys who train and teach this technique have drawn on over a decade of modern combat in places like Iraq and Afg. There is a reason that they all teach it, and firefights that have played out overseas only serve to reinforce this fact, not contradict it.

          • iksnilol

            Wouldn’t you reload before going down a scary stereotypical FPS killzone hallway?

            I don’t say to not train for it, I’m just saying it might be smart trying to avoid having to do it.

          • throwedoff

            iksnilol
            It is best to reload when you can and not necessarily when you have to. If you wait until you have to, it may be to late.

          • iksnilol

            That’s exactly what I am thinking. Though take it with a grain of salt since I am not a leet operator.

  • I need to bring my AK to the range more often….

  • Tassiebush

    Golly you don’t even have to blink to miss it when you try to see each stage!

  • Wolfgar

    I’m guessing Travis Haily comes from the same planet as Jerry Miculek.

    • Giolli Joker

      Nobody else comes from JM’s planet: it exploded just after his parents sent him to ours.

      • BearSlayer338

        I thought it exploded because of the great time war,and that JM was just The Doctor after he retired.

    • El Duderino

      Jerry would have fired two mags before Travis needed to reload.

      Serious question: Do lefties have a slight advantage in reloading an AK? ‘Cause I think they do, and I shoot lefty. Travis is still faster than I am…by a lot 🙂

      • iksnilol

        They do, AKs “ergos” are very good for lefties if you prefer to rack with your non dominant hand.

        I shoot both sides and I’ve got no problem either way. Then again I shoot bolt actions a lot so I kinda like having the bolt handle on my dominant side. Feels more natural.

        • El Duderino

          A bolt action rifle is a bit different though. The straight pull charging handle that starts at the front of the receiver vs. a bolt handle by your ear.

  • thedonn007

    I just watched it 10 times in a row. I think I can do it now. LOL.

  • tony

    I really care less for these tactical ninja moves nowadays.

    • Mc Cain

      Wait…you mean you do really care less, or you don’t really care less?

      😉

    • That explains why you spent the energy to watch and then comment on them.

    • Joshua Madoc

      Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Encino Man.

  • SP mclaughlin

    What happened to his beard?

  • Yimmy

    I bet it would be much faster and mo better if it had a bottle opener! !!

  • frank

    Anyone else notice the guy behind him has a freakishly large hand?!

    • hikerguy

      Definitely sasquatch hands.

    • GearHeadTony

      HA! I just watched this 3 times in row looking specifically at that dudes hand. I think he pulled an octopus out of his pocket.

  • John

    Wow! Almost as fast as a Jimmy John’s delivery!

  • Mc Cain

    Say what you want to say but that there is some crazy fast reloading…

  • gusto

    can’t he just load more bullets in the clip so that he doesn’t have to reload?

    • Mc Cain

      Did you just refer to a magazine as a “clip”?

    • BigFED

      Wait! Do I hear some dumbass iteration of Bobble Head Boxer or Dumbchit Feinstein? So, gusto, I hope you were being snide…

  • Nicks87

    Don’t act surprised, it’s Travis Haley, of course it’s faster.

  • RIVietnameravet

    Must come in handy when shooting up schools…

    • Rock or Something

      I doubt the terrorist in the Beslan school massacre were this proficient with their AKs, yet they still managed to kill over 300 people. Or the ISIS Paris attacks. etc.

      When you have enough time, even a murderer with a bolt action rifle can be proficient at killing a large number of people.

  • Vasia Pupking

    This is not how AK supposed to be reloaded. This guy is moron, obviously.

    • maodeedee

      If he were doing it wrong, the gun wouldn’t fire, but it did.

  • Vanns40

    I’ve read a lot of the comments here regarding scenarios, planning and training aaaaand, with all that…..deep breath, sometimes there just are no good options and you deal with what you have.

  • I can do that, but not as fast. It is harder to do without fumbling while walking though. So I prefer to hit the mag release with my thumb, while holding the fresh mag in my left hand. YMMV.

  • Archie Montgomery

    The late Jeff Cooper once remarked words to the effect of “With enough practice, one can do a one-finger handstand. So what?”

    An AK-47 typically employs a thirty round magazine. So after thirty rounds fired, one must then execute a ‘one-second’ (give or take) reload in order to continue the ‘fight’. Based on this set of circumstances, one must presume the protagonist is acting alone, and against more than thirty opponents.

    I would be very surprised if at least one of the initial thirty adversaries didn’t get a hit on our protagonist during the expenditure of the first thirty rounds.

    Is this a ‘fast reload’. Yes it is. It has little value in the real world, but it is fast.