God & Eugene: A Succinct Explanation Of The AR-15 Reload

Nicholas C
by Nicholas C

I saw this video on Facebook and it is probably the best explanation of how to reload and use the bolt release I have ever seen. Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch is in the below video explaining the relationship between God & Eugene Stoner.

While most of us know how to reload an AR-15, there is a bit of polarization on how to push the ping pong paddle looking bolt release. The dichotomy stems from the idea that you could lose fine motor skills. Some believe you will while others say it is a myth and training overcomes that myth.

Clint is a believer that God & Eugene designed your body perfectly as well as the AR-15 respectively. Eugene Stoner is one of the great firearm designers right along with Browning and Kalashnikov–there is no debating that. However, manipulation of their designs has been interpreted many different ways.

Clint has a simple and easy way of remembering how to orient your hand when reloading an AR-15: “Point your thumb at Jesus.” Clint goes on to explain that “God designed your hand as a cup. Not a beat on the side of the gun device.” He then solidifies the point home with “Quit f*cking with God & Eugene.”

It does not get any more simplified than that. Have you seen or heard other clever ways to describe an AR-15 reload or similar knowledge bomb? Do you push the bolt release with your thumb or do you slap the side of your rifle? Some people prefer a third option like the Magpul BAD Lever, although it has it’s own unique problems.

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  • CJR CJR on Jun 21, 2018

    I actually sat down last year with an AR and a shot timer and tried to determine which was faster in an emergency reload, slapping the bolt release vs. hitting it with your thumb. Somewhat to my surprise, I found that slapping the bolt release was faster, to the tune of a quarter second on average. It was also less prone to fumbling.

    I don't know if this is a universal truth, or an artifact of the way I reload, or what. But reality is always the final judge.

    I would submit that 100 rounds and an hour of hands-on research at the range, beats watching any number of YouTube videos.

  • Benny Benny on Jun 21, 2018

    “Firearms not politics (or religion)”