“It’s a slide stop, not a slide release.” “You need to release the slide with a slingshot because it uses gross motor skills rather than the fine motor skills that using the slide stop/release does.”
I have heard variations on these two statements for decades now, and at one time I actually believed them. Then at one point I realized that over the years I had been using both techniques unconsciously, using whichever just came to me at the moment. And truth be told the only mistakes I recalled having were flubbed slingshots. That’s when I decided that it didn’t matter which technique you used. Just use the one, or both, that experience had taught you were reliable and instinctive for you.
That was my opinion: a single data point from someone that no one should take very seriously. But I’ve just come across an old thread over at the HKpro forum where a poster says: It’s funny how trainers who have been there and done that with Delta like Larry Vickers, Paul Howe, and Jim Smith of Spartan Tactical all teach using the slide release. All of the above have seen combat with that unit, and one of them, Larry Vickers, has probably trained more of that units operators with handguns than anyone else.