TacRack–Makes Slide Racks Easy

The TacRack is a simple addition that adds a lot of functionality.

The TacRack is a simple addition that adds a lot of functionality.


Glock and M&Ps dominate the handgun market. Duty guns, range guns, and personal security–there’s no way around it. America chooses and trusts these pistols as their first line in defense. Out of the box, these weapons perform admirably and, in many ways, are more than capable of doing the job. But they always seem to fall just a bit short when it comes to functionality. Lacking aggressive textures on both the frame and slide, some of these pistols can be difficult to manipulate.

To attack these problems you can go in a couple of directions. You can send your pistol out to be stippled and serrated (and void the factory warranty in the process). Or you can make a minor change that will give you most of the custom shop functionality with permanent modifications.

The TacRack

The TacRack is a relatively small piece of machined aluminum that replaces the slide plate on Glock and M&P pistols. Wings on the TacRack stick out just enough to catch on most surfaces, yet they stay tight enough to the gun to be unobtrusive. The wings give the pistol an ambidextrous surface to aid in racking the slide. The TacRack acts as an anchor point and prevents your hands from slipping off the slide. This simple addition helps with control under stress, in slippery conditions, and with gloves on. Beyond its tactical uses, the TacRack is a great help for shooters with less than stellar hand strength as it allows for extra leverage on the slide.

The wings are not so wide that they get in the way, yet you can't miss them when racking the slide.

The wings are not so wide that they get in the way, yet you can’t miss them when racking the slide.


  • Two/One Hand Racking
  • Enhances overall grip on the slide
  • Assist w/ locking slide to the rear
  • Maximizes One hand Reloads, Malfunctions
  • Assist with Racking with an Optic mounted on your slide
  • Gives your slide a “Charging Handle”

The TacRack sells for $30, and you can add a laser engraving for an added $5-10 if you really want to dress it up. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to maximize your Glock or M&P’s potential, check it out.

Hook it on a boot, no problem.

Hook it on a boot, no problem.

Or use the edge of a Kydex holster.

Or use the edge of a Kydex holster.

The front facing edge has a slight protrusion that increases its hold.

The front facing edge has a slight protrusion that increases its hold.

The back side can be engraved, if you wish.

The back side can be engraved, if you wish.

The wings don't get in the way of carry.

The wings don’t get in the way of carry.

The serrations on the GLOCK are solid, but there's room for improvement. TacRack does it easily.

The serrations on the GLOCK are solid, but there’s room for improvement. TacRack does it easily.


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  • Kristen Rowles May 1, 2015, 3:47 pm

    The Hatfield Racker is actually a patented Racker that is being infringed upon by this product – it has been out for years and was featured in the American Rifleman magazine – do your homework before stealing someone else’s product idea. http://shop.hatfieldsgunsmithing.com/Black-Hatfield-Tactical-Racker-9mm-40-357sig-Version-20-101.htm

    • Scott May 4, 2015, 9:47 pm

      Can you please link to your patent and explain what is being infringed upon? You seem to be an obscure shop with 3 parts for sale. Being there were several other product similar to this product that were for sale long before the American Rifleman magazine article was produced, I find your claim to be a little fantastical on it’s face value of “stealing” a product idea being slide rackers are not a new idea.

  • Larry April 28, 2015, 6:45 pm

    I would like to think that the average CCW permit holder is better trained with his primary weapon than the average WW2 soldier was with his sidearm. I shoot more with my pistols/revolvers in a month than my dad did in the entire South Pacific conflict. I’m not knocking anyone (RIP Dad) just saying…
    Jonathan you really should try a Glock. You would never go back to that “nickel plated sissy gun” again.

  • Don R. April 27, 2015, 1:30 pm

    My question would be: If you are continually racking on the same side, this puts stress on both sides of the cover plate in a twisting fashion (Backward force on racking side, frontward force on the opposite side). How long before the plate snaps off from this kind of use? The grooves that hold it in place are not deep or strong enough to be subject to this kind of tension repeatedly.

    • Ed R April 28, 2015, 12:20 pm

      You’re missing the point Don. The device isn’t for you to use routinely to manipulate the slide; only if you can use only one hand. That being said personally I don’t like the device. Instead I’ve replace the sights on my carry Glock with nights sights that have a shoulder that can be used for one hand cocking/clearing in an emergency.

      • Fritz May 1, 2015, 3:20 pm

        I agree. on some of my guns I have a rear sight with a vertical wall and that is what I did until TacRack
        We had a police instructor run the TacRack through testing with 6 police officers using 1 handed racking. Now if you are in a situation that you need to use 1 handed. It will be high stress and pressure because you life may depend on it. So the instructor had the students use their duty guns first 1 handed with the rear sight Strong hand 5 time each. He found that it took them at minimum 2-3 times each and some more. This is time you dont have in a deadly situation. He then had them use his MP full size with a TacRack. They each went 5 for 5. Not any second attempt racking. That was 30 for 30 racking 100% Instead of 2-4 times each malfunction or relaod. He made a good point by saying that racking a gun strong had is not necessarily a finite motor skill. BUT under stress we lose finite motor skills. NOW Imagine doing a weak hand 1 handed racking, (because SH is OUT) Now it becomes a finite motor skill, especially if not practied. How many times would it take to rack your gun on your rear sight as compared to the TacRack. The TacRack does not make you rack gun any faster but it makes racking 1 handed more reliable.

      • TIFFANY February 7, 2017, 12:12 am

        I have been looking for this. I knew this existed, along with the racking holster. … since I had shoulder surgery and have a low chance of being able to rack a slide normally again (at least for 6 more months) this is amazing. I’ve been having to carry my revolver because I can’t use anything else without help.

    • Fritz May 1, 2015, 2:44 pm

      The TacRack has been tested and beaten up. The 6061 aluminum is a very hard product. It is about .125″ thick and can take a lot of stress. It took a vice and a hammer to bend it. The gun is Steel and Stainless Steel for MP and are very tough. This is not really an issue.

  • Bill Searcher April 27, 2015, 12:37 pm

    I think the photos in this article are useless. There is not one photo that let me see where this device is mounted on the gun, and thus, how it might fit in a holster or be manipulated.

    • Boomer April 27, 2015, 2:30 pm

      It would seem that picture three, racking the slide on a Kydex sheath, would answer your question.
      It\’s mounted on the rear of the slide and that picture shows the slide in the rearward position.
      If that picture doesn\’t give you your answer, perhaps you should re-word your question.

    • Fritz May 1, 2015, 2:46 pm

      There are more photos at WrightShooting.com and on youtube a review video. It replaces the plastic slide end cap completely and takes about 2 minutes to install

  • GrandpaLarry April 27, 2015, 9:54 am

    I know that my Beretta PX4’s rear sight is designed to be used for one-hand racking. Why couldn’t other manufactures make a similar adjustment to their sights?

    • Fritz May 1, 2015, 2:55 pm

      some do, but others like “no snag edges” and that is a problem for 1 handed operations. The only time you would use 1 handed if absolutely necessary or a disability.

  • Jonathan April 27, 2015, 8:57 am

    Looks like an interesting idea, but it seems like it goes in the opposite direction of carry pistols that have been “de-edged,” if that makes any sense. I’d have to try it out but it seems like it could be snaggy if concealed.

    • Fritz May 1, 2015, 2:35 pm

      Yes you are correct some guns like to to make “anti snag” including the rear sight. just like my MP Shield. TacRack does not stick out that much. As a matter of fact it is almost flush with my Blad-Tech Appendix Klipt holster. I dont feel it at all wearing it. TacRack really helps with smaller guns that have the tight recoil spring to help racking 2 handed. With the sloped rear sight the gun cannot be racked with 1 hand, so TacRack helps you rack with one hand due to an injury or disability.

  • Steve Lacey April 27, 2015, 7:59 am

    Awesome product idea but sadly I don’t own either brand you currently build it for. Any plans to include other brands and expand. My CW is a Taurus pt740 slim in 40 s/w. Thanksgivings

    • Fritz May 1, 2015, 2:40 pm

      only Glock, MP and MP SHield XD in the works.

  • Jonathan Elliot April 27, 2015, 7:56 am

    Brilliant…..adding another level of UN-safety to an un-safe firearm

    • AZArchangel55 April 27, 2015, 9:04 am

      The ONLY safety any weapon has is the one between the operators ears!

      • jonathan elliot April 27, 2015, 11:10 pm

        You would deny that some weapons are inherently more safe than others?

        If one were using his brain;
        1) would he stand on one leg,and shove his pistol against his unsupported foot?
        2) would he shove his pistol against his holster,which is close to his body?

        This CONTRAPTION is not a new idea [racking the slide using the holster].
        The standard U.S.Army leather holster for the Colt 1911 has a protrusion sewn
        inside the holster.
        One could partially draw the 1911 & press the barrel bushing
        down on this protrusion & rack the slide.
        Every hot-dog knew how to do this,because they were not allowed
        to have a round chambered.
        ALSO,this practice was forbidden because of the inherent UN-SAFETY

        • Fritz May 1, 2015, 3:04 pm

          well I guess you are a 1911 guy. Now most US police agencies are using what you call “unsafe” glock. and Military and government departments are going to Glock. Plus thousands world wide. Your safety is your finger. Some weapons are only unsafe, due to operator using them. Put ALL types of loaded guns on a table for 20 years, I bet none fire unless trigger is pulled.
          TacRack lets you rack the gun on different parts of your body and point the gun away from your body. 95% of the time you rack with 2 hands and the TacRack does a nice job assisting this way. Especially woman and older shooters with less hand strength. Operators that were gloves or liquid gets on gun, TacRack helps this way also. THe only time use it 1 handed is if you have to in an emergency. Now if I am going to rack off my shoe, I would be on the ground maybe on 1 knee.

      • Bob Ellsworth May 2, 2015, 3:48 pm

        Seems like the reply is missing the point here. Picture yourself with an injury to your off hand. You might even be able to fumble a spare mag out and get it into your weapon but not have the strength to rack the slide. The severity of the injury could be a broken bone, gun shot wound or a crushing injury from lots of sources. So racking the slide on anything will be tough and if you had to, I guess you could use the heel of your boot as pictured. Not many of us use a clunky old military holster so a tool like this for a 1911 might be useful if you could figure one out and sell it. The military of course has to babysit a lot of folks who aren’t usually gun smart when they come in to boot. So they take a gun that was designed to be carried cocked and locked and immediately put the person carrying it at a disadvantage of having to rack a round into the chamber. Sometimes that action takes enough time to get yourself or your team mate killed. That’s why my 45 is hot whenever it’s on me or close by. My DEA Beretta is a good weapon but it’s a safe queen today. It was what they issued and thou shalt not deviate etc. Besides, our issue 125G silvertips could never match the stopping power of 240G 45.

    • Nick April 27, 2015, 9:13 am

      How is a Glock unsafe??

      • jonathan elliot April 27, 2015, 10:39 pm

        I can SAFELY carry my pistols,without holsters & a round chambered.
        in my waist band,front pocket,back pocket,shirt pocket & coat pocket.

        No plastic hammer-less,safety-less Glock/Glock clone is safe enough
        to do any of this.

        • Ed R April 28, 2015, 12:09 pm

          Sure they are Jonathan but not for you. Obviously you’re not skilled enough with firearms to carry one that doesn’t have some external safety or other gadget. On second thought you may not be skilled enough to carry a firearm at all. Glocks/clones can’t fire UNLESS you put your finger on the trigger and press.


        • Kim T. Curtis November 22, 2015, 2:06 pm

          Boy, oh boy, you must have been living under a rock for the last century! Firearms safety has come a long way during the time you must have been sleeping. A great deal of the “advances” in firearms safety is because of lawyers and judges putting forth a lot of confusing-the-issue and frivolous lawsuits. In the US we wouldn’t be able to buy and sell UN-safe handguns because of the aforesaid cases., SO……
          The Glock Safe Action pistol is one of the safest on the planet! There are literally hundreds, probably thousands of videos on the web regarding this issue. If you bothered to check any 10 of them out you will find that your last statement about no Glock, regardless of the iteration can do what your pistols do.
          Mine do that every day of the week. I also have a 1911, a Browning Hi-Power, a Taurus 24/7 OSS in .45 ACP and several others that I do the same thing with!
          I can understand you not liking plastic guns, I didn’t like them at first, either, but now that I carry, usually AIWB due to a bone disease not allowing me to reach back far enough for an effective strong side or behind the hip draw, every day with a Glock or a 1911, I find there is little difference between the two. Carrying AIWB would be a really scary way to carry if I thought it was unsafe. Yeah, you don’t have to flick the safety off on a Glock but you do on a 1911 if you are carrying cocked and locked, as John Browning designed the 1911 to be carried, but other than that, you pull the trigger and it goes bang.
          Just exactly what, do you find unsafe about a Glock or any of the other “plastic” framed handguns?
          If you need a safety on your gun so you can feel safe, keep the 1911 if not don’t bug the rest of us on our choice of safe firearm!
          That is what is great about America. We have the right to choose what we want without someone else saying you can’t do that or carry that that way, etc.
          The reason I came to this site is that I have the aforementioned bone disease that causes grip and recoil management issues and I wanted to check out the Tac-Rack as a possible solution to not being able to safely rack my slide most of the time. If the Tac-Rack can help make me a safer shooter I’ll get one!
          SO………If some of us feel like the Glock is a safe pistol, let us be disillusioned in peace and carry one without you looking over our shoulders and telling us that YOU don’t find it safe.
          I don’t agree with you, but I will fight to the death for you to have the right to believe whatever you want. I’d appreciate the same consideration from you, Jonathan.

      • Jeff April 28, 2015, 4:36 am

        That’s what I say, Nick. How about it J. Elliot?

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