Grabbing the Slide and Firing | Polenar Tactical
Older but pretty unique video by Polenar, demonstrating what happens if someone grabs hold on the front of a semi-handgun during firing. It’s a very common move you see during martial arts techniques to defend and/or disarm someone threatening you with a pistol.
So this is a good test to answer that question, and if there would be some kind of injury might you defend yourself in a similar situation.
Added pro bonus; they test it with a closed slide type design (Sig 226 series) and open type slide (Beretta 92F). The Beretta gives the ‘gun-grabber’ much less slide surface to hold on to, and dissipate the energy of the retracting slide. Theoraticaly making it potentially more harmful to the hand.
Check it out, good stuff.