as said before the lcp (and other similar guns) does not have a last shot hold open so it just slams forward after fireing a cartritge. my thoughts is if the gun can withstand 1,000+ psi getting the slide slammed back and forth and fire again letting it slam home wont hurt it. as far as the slide release, wear on it is a red herring its more to the fact that if you slingshot the slide you dont have to worry about fumbling on a new gun if you out of habit slingshot it (pull it back). personally i use the slide release as a combat reload is slightly faster for me that way but a friend of mine is the oppisite. besides how much wear can it cause, more than a round being fired? when a weapon can go 10,000 rounds and i get out and shoot 2-300 a month another 300 rounds in wear wont make that much difference in the life of the gun.There may not be any "rule" against it, but I just don't like the idea of a slide slamming shut on an empty chamber because the recoil spring is designed to strip a cartridge off the magazine and load it into the chamber . . . thus when there's no cartridge to load the entire spring effort is directed to slamming the slide home. Just seems like a little abuse I can avoid by letting the slide down gently. Takes no effort or appreciable amount of time. Makes me feel better.