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The Flip and Catch Isn’t Unsafe

Time and again I hear how the flip and catch is unsafe (mainly from IDPA SO’s), but I’m here to tell you, it’s not. Above is a video of me doing a flip and catch in my kitchen with a dummy round. Watch my muzzle, it stays pointed exactly where I want it to be pointed, and I catch the dummy round without much trouble.

Because I was using dummy rounds when filming the video, they weren’t quite coming out of the gun the way I’m used to, so I missed the first couple that I ejected. Guess what? They hit the floor, but my gun stayed pointed where it should have been.

If anything, I think seeing a shooter execute a good flip and catch at unload and show clear tells me something: this person practices, and probably has decent gun handling skills. People who actually practice a lot tend to flip and catch because it keeps them from having to bend over and pick up dummy rounds off the floor when practicing over and over again.

I’ve been ROing shooters at matches for several years, and I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a DQ or other unsafe action at unload and show clear related to the flip and catch. Chill out, it’s not a big deal.

You know what is  (kinda, I guess?) a big deal? The guys that cup their hand over the ejection port, and have the round fall into their hand. I’ve heard many stories about someone cupping the ejection port, then when they tilt the gun while getting the round to fall out, the primer hits the ejector, and KA-POW, they’ve got brass fragments embedded in their fingers. I’ve never seen it, so it’s probably not a huge deal, but I think the fact that it’s happened makes it more unsafe than the flip and catch.

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Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.


  1. What is your rear site?

  2. Law of Self Defense

    I’ve been doing the hand-over-ejection-port thing for 20+ years, easily over 100,000 fired rounds. #shrug. If anything, I’d expect the flip-and-catch to be far more likely to result in a discharge of the round, because of the force with which the slide is cycled to get the “flip.” The movement of the slide with a hand-over-ejection-port is (or should be) sedate in comparison–it’s a slow-speed, not a high-speed movement. Having said all that, I’ve SOd/ROd most of my shooting career, and have never seen a round kicked off using either method.

  3. Ugggghhhhh I hate people complaining about this. I RO too. Do something dumb (like sweep yourself) and you’ll get DQ’d. Still have never seen it happen.

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