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.