Pachmayr RACK-IT Pistol Slide Racking Assist Tool

Pachmayr has introduced an accessory which is designed to help to rack a semi-auto pistol slide. It is called RACK-IT. It mounts on the front portion of the pistol slide and provides a better gripping surface to manipulate the slide. Inside of this device, there is a plate which catches the frontal area of the slide to prevent it from slipping. You can also adjust that plate by changing its position inside this accessory to fit any particular pistol. Watch the video below to have a better idea about how it works:

As you can see in the video, you need to come in front of the muzzle to mount RACK-IT on the slide. That seems to be a bit of a violation of safety rules, doesn’t it?

Although this kind of accessories may seem to be a useless product for the majority of people, I think those with low hand strength may actually find such a solution useful. On the other hand, I wouldn’t consider this to be used with a defensive handgun. What if you loose or don’t find it in an emergency situation? I think you should not rely on a firearm that you can’t operate (without assistance). That being said, if racking the slide is a challenge for you, maybe you need to opt for a revolver as a defensive tool.

Pachmayr RACK-IT weighs 4 oz and is available at MSRP of TBD.

Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at


  • seriously?

    *Facepalm* …

  • Major Tom

    If you don’t have the hand strength to rack a slide, you probably don’t have the strength to control recoil or otherwise hit the target without the gun jumping out of your hands.

    And since when were slide grips on the back of the slide not a thing anymore?

    • flyingburgers

      Not true at all. Co-workers wife, small Asian lady, shoots great but has no strength to rack the slide. The issue is the size and strength of your fingers when racking, whereas recoil forces go through your wrist and arms.

      It’s made worse for small guns where you have small grip area and a stiff spring. Take a pocket pistol, sweaty hands, a tiny slide catch, rules at a range where you have to keep the gun at the table pointed downrange, and even experienced shooters have issues.

      • Phillip Cooper

        My thing is- you still have to have enough hand strength to grab this thing. If you can’t grab the slide, how are you going to grab this? You still have to hold a certain amount of force as you’re applying another force across it.

        • DIR911911 .

          just watch the gun bouncing around in the hand of the woman in the video. I don’t want to be anywhere near her when she shoots

          • FightFireJay

            Did she drop the gun? Did she point it in an unsafe direction? Any other safety violations?

          • Simcha M.

            I noticed the same thing.
            For my women students I do not recommend any caliber that they can’t safely or comfortably shoot, even if it is a self-defense weapon.

      • Dave

        size and strength of fingers has nothing to do with it when you teach them proper technique, instead of trying to pull the slide, hold it in place and put your elbow and shoulder into pushing the frame forwards.

        now you’ve suddenly discovered mechanical leverage, isn’t it magic?

        • flyingburgers

          The issue is that you need to have adequate pressure to press the gun against your palm to create enough friction so that it doesn’t slide. It has nothing to do with your elbow and shoulder.

          Also at a pistol range there are rules that you have to keep the gun pointed downrange and over the table. This means you have to turn your body sideways and hold it at chest height which makes that maneuver more awkward.

  • Don Ward


    • DIR911911 .

      because a long double action pull is the answer for weak hands?

      • Don Ward

        Because old people have never fired a revolver before in either double action or drawing back the hammer and relying on its crisp single action pull.

        Because that is what you’re saying.

    • FightFireJay


      • Friend


      • Don Ward


  • Disarmed in CA

    You rack disciprine!

    • Phillip Cooper


    • USMC03Vet

      Firearms not politically incorrect cultural appropriation jokes!

    • noob

      i’m chinese-canadian living in australia and i lol’d

  • Al Wise

    Yes, indeed, any defensive shooter who needs this ought to have a revolver. Certainly. But for the casual shooter with limitations, for the range, this could be a great asset. Not everything is for defensive applications. Some older folks or those with limitations still like to get out and shoot their other guns.

    • FightFireJay

      Revolvers have heavier and longer trigger pulls than a typical semi-automatic. This makes them more difficult to use in a self defense scenario.

      And no, grandma and my 30 year old male veteran with an OEF/OIF injury to his hand are NOT gonna pre-cock the hammer on a revolver every time they need to shoot it.

      • mazkact

        Revolvers can be tuned. I have some J-frames with excellent triggers that are not difficult to shoot accurately.

  • Bigg Bunyon

    Next will be a tool (or maybe peel and stick friction grips) to make using this tool easier. Some things just require minimal hand strength and if you don’t have it, and can’t develop it, you will likely be better served by a whole different approach. Now where did I put my GP100 cylinder unlatching helper tool? Oh yes, it’s right here sitting on top of my per rock next to my TV remote locator device I finally found just yesterday.

  • Quasimofo

    Looks like someone at Pachmayr just took an arrow puller and tweaked the design a bit. I’d recommend jacking the MSRP to $30 and it’ll sell OK…HA

  • Calavera

    An 84-year old woman I know lives alone in a little house in the woods. Fearful for her safety she asked me for help. I’ve taught her the basics, safety rules, and taken her shooting. She’s good, but lacks the hand strength to rack a slide or pull the trigger on a revolver. The solution was to acquire a .22 Beretta Bobcat with tip up barrel, which she keeps it in the front pocket of her little flowered house dress. I usually discourage the use of .22 for defensive purposes because rimfire ammo has a tendency to misfire, but this was the best we could do at the time. I know she can handle the recoil of a .380. If Pachmayr has something like this to fit a Glock 42, that sweet little old lady would be deadly.

    • Graham Best

      You talking about Granny? Lives in the woods down in Wolf Holler? Granddaughter named Little Red Riding Hood?

      Yea, I know her.

      • noob

        she’s really gotten big and hairy lately.

    • Keknian Nationalist

      what about thumbing the hammer back?

      • Calavera

        We tried that at the range with an old .22 kit gun. Doable, but decided the de-cocking sequence was too risky for her. She did perform that maneuver some 40 years ago during an attempted burglary, and wasn’t comfortable with the prospect of trying to decock after everything dialed down. She liked the tip up barrel of the Beretta as the way to dial up, and then dial down.

    • Mike

      Why doesn’t she just carry a firearm with a loaded chamber? Charge the pistol for her, keep finger off trigger, problem solved.

      • Calavera

        In her particular case, there were a multitude of reasons for not keeping a pistol constantly in Condition One.

    • Thomas Maker

      Beretta do make(used to make?) at least one 380 with a tip up barrel, and a pistol with a gas delayed blowback such as the Walhter CCP or H&K P7 recquires significantly less force to rack the slide

      • Calavera

        True. Beretta currently offers the tip up barrel in .25 and .32, Whereas, those calibers were not commonly available in her local gun shops/sporting goods stores at the time, we decided to go with what we could get the most of for practice range time. Muscle memory and fine motor skill being what it is, she’ll likely stay with her little apron pocket gun simply because she’s competent with it, and loves it. She prefers to “dance with the one that brought you.”

  • FT_Ward

    How about a folding cocking handle like a Brit SLR but with left and right hand models available? You could pop it out and ram the pistol against a door jam etc if your fingers were really weak. Great for clearing stoppages as well and you could also use it to stabilize the gun when shooting around the right side of hard cover. Perhaps it could also be used to aid filling mags. You could sell special holsters as well.

  • Mad Ara
    • FightFireJay

      Well, then it’s a good thing that your youth and good health will last forever.

  • Kekistani

    Or maybe you could put your girlfriend on a steady diet of handies until she can rack the slide.

  • GaryOlson

    By this same logic, any person who needs to put on glasses to see the target should find a self aiming self defense firearm.

    In a similar comparison, any person who can’t properly operate a computer should only be allowed paper and pencil. Get over your myopic firearm opinions

  • richardstevenhack

    Uh, they got these things called “grip exercisers”…

    I can see a use for this device if you’re temporarily injured or ill which affects your grip strength but you still want to spend the day at the range.

    Actually I think this thing is more for finger strength than hand strength. The wider grip means you’re not using two fingers to rack the slide, but rather your palm.

    Clearly a gun accessory with very limited uses, however. 90-99 percent of the gun owning population simply won’t need it.

  • FightFireJay

    “As you can see in the video, you need to come in front of the muzzle to mount RACK-IT on the slide. That seems to be a bit of a violation of safety rules, doesn’t it?”

    I guess every tube fed Henry lever gun is too?

  • noob

    glad you can still see the front sight.

  • mazkact

    TacRack works great for my Wife on Her Shield. I think they make them for Glocks,M&P and Xds for now. Kind of looks like an AR charging handle and gives you just a little extra when using conventional racking technique.Also if needed you can hook it on something,belt loop,boot if you loose use of your support hand

    • Simcha M.

      Mah ha peroosh shel “mazkact”?

      • mazkact

        Shalom Simcha M, my Hebrew is limited to looking up translations of markings on my Israeli firearms. I am however a big fan of the IDF.

        • Simcha M.

          OK; so on which Israeli weapon does “mazkact” appear? If I knew, I might be able to translate it for you as well as satisfy my curiosity.

          NB: You may also be interested in following a WordPress blogger named “The Hebrew Hammer”, all he does is review Israeli weapons.

          • mazkact

            I read “The Hebrew Hammer” . Your gonna laugh, Mazkact was supposed to be Mazakcat. I used mazakcat as a handle years ago when I programmed Mazak CNC machinery. When I typed it to Discuss I did not check it thoroughly before hitting the go button. AFAIK Mazkact is nothing other my misspelled screen name 😉

          • Simcha M.

            Ahah, that really is a story behind a story!

            Either way, thank you for being a friend of Israel in a friendless world, especially as we come up on our Independence Day celebrations!

  • Keknian Nationalist

    useless junk is the first thing that came to mind. if you’re really too weak to rack the slide you need a revolver. If you’re too weak to pull the trigger get a black powder revolver with a hair trigger setting I guess…or get a live in nurse…