You're right about the feed ramp riding the top round, but it only does so when the slide's moving to the rear. The front of that ramp is what catches the back of the round to be loaded and strips it from the mag to shove it into the chamber. The "being loaded" round prevents the round below it from contacting the slide ramp. The only time the slide ramp would ride the top round going forward is if the slide didn't move back far enough to allow the back of the round being loaded to fall off the front edge of the ramp so it could strip it. The only "thing" that rides the "smiley suspect" round forward is the round above it getting stripped by the slide ramp.oldgranpa said:The thing pushing it forward is not inertia, my first theory, but it is the long, narrow ramp inside the slide at the back. This ramp is the one that recocks the hammer.