On this episode of Shooting Tips & Tricks with Taylor Thorne, we show you how to avoid the dreaded “moose-dongle”.
A “moose-dongle" is when you don’t seat your AR magazine all the way during a reload, and when you pull the trigger, the mag falls out. Not only is it embarrassing in competition or at the range, but in a defensive situation, it could be deadly. The good news is, it’s entirely avoidable.
SLOW IS SMOOTH, SMOOTH IS FAST
A “moose-dongle” usually occurs under stress during competition. But in a defensive or tactical situation, nerves are on edge.
There’s an expression that goes, "Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.” Under stress, we often try to go as fast as possible. However, moving a little slower and being more precise is better. Stress is a killer as they say.
When reloading, monitor your speed. Move at 90% until right before the magazine gets to the magwell. Then, slow it down to 10%. That's right, the actual seating of the magazine should be done methodically and with purpose. Listen for the click of the magazine locking in, and then give it a slight tug to ensure it’s not coming out.
CHECK AND LABEL MAGAZINES
Another tip is to pay attention to the magazines which work best with your specific firearm. For example, my AR likes P-Mags from Magpul. Hexmags don’t always seat well for some reason. And then some of my P-mags work better than others, and so on, and so forth.
Labeling magazines also helps to keep track of which ones are problematic. It is very important to know your gear. For defensive use, only uses magazines that work well every single time.