One of the most celebrated qualities of the double action revolver is its simplicity. The mechanism is easy to understand and operate, and having everything “out there in the open” makes their operation pretty transparent, even for the greenest of newbies. Any instructor who has seen an unfamiliar student get confused by the collection of buttons and levers and switches on the side of a semiauto pistol can appreciate how the revolver’s minimalist nature simplifies teaching the manual of arms.
When Justin first contacted me to get some information about left-handed reloading techniques for revolvers, I thought, “great; I have two approaches that I use, and I’ve never seen them laid out clearly.” The first of these, a generic Left-Handed Revolver Reload, was shared with you a while back. Because of some changes we had to make with that article, I pulled out my copy of Defensive Revolver Fundamentals by Grant Cunningham. I quickly discovered that I am not the visionary that I thought. Continue reading “RG101: The Universal Revolver Reload – Left-Handed Edition”
Of all the skills that a serious student of defense needs to consider, an emergency reload using only a single hand is probably the least important. Since training time is always limited, it’s important to prioritize and spend our time on the things that give us the best return on investment. For most of us, that includes more “pedestrian” things like the basics of weapon presentation and marksmanship, and doesn’t include preparing for the remote possibility that we might need to conduct a one-handed revolver reload.
As someone who uses a revolver left handed, I have had to do some work to identify a few reload methods that work well for me. I am sure that none of these are brand new techniques, but I have not seen all of this information presented in a thorough and well explained fashion, nor all in one place. Today, let’s look at what I simply call the Left-Handed Revolver Reload. A strength of this technique is that it works well for all common cylinder release mechanisms.
Justin’s excellent article on the Universal Revolver Reload (URR) raised a question from a RevolverGuy seeking suggestions for how he could avoid burning himself on the forcing cone of his revolver when executing the reload. He’s not the first to encounter this difficulty, and fortunately, there’s an alternative technique that can help: the StressFire Revolver Reload.
Revolvers require a lot of reloading. Through the course of a range session you’ll have to reload about three times as often as your Glock-toting counterparts. You could look at this as an inconvenience or a blessing in disguise. I am more inclined to the latter. Since you have to reload a lot, you’ve got a lot of chances to practice your reloading technique. Today I’m going to talk about my favorite reloading technique: the Universal Revolver Reload. Continue reading “RG101: The Universal Revolver Reload”
In this article, we will explore how to be constantly armed in a “gun-free” zone. This may mean an aircraft, airport terminal, museum, concert, sporting event, government building, etc. Anywhere and everywhere that has put measures in place to completely disarm us.
I am a firm believer in firearms training. Without training a firearm is little more than a talisman. Unfortunately, finding high-quality revolver training isn’t as easy as finding a course for running a bottom-feeder. Of course you could attend any old handgun class, but chances are good you’re going to have an instructor that doesn’t know much about revolvers and probably isn’t going to be able to help you much. In fact, us RevolverGuys have even been specifically exluded at certain training events*. There is good training out there, though, but you have to look pretty hard to find it. This article will tell you where to go to find some top-notch revolver training. Continue reading “Get Schooled! Revolver Training Roundup”
As regular readers here know, I’ve taken up the revolver only recently. In years past I’ve carried the Beretta M9, the MEU(SOC) .45 1911, and the Glock 17 and 19 in harm’s way. I’ve invested hundreds of hours of training on these platforms, both at work and at my own expense. So when I made the switch from flat guns to round ones I tried to bring some of that knowledge with me, including how I grasp the gun. It turns out that I didn’t know what I didn’t know and inadvertently adopted the thumbs-forward revolver grasp. Continue reading “The Thumbs-Forward Revolver Grasp”
It’s been said plenty of times before, but there are a lot of pretty experienced shooters out there that don’t know how to shoot a revolver. This number seems to grow every year, as more and more people pick up the shooting sports and fewer and fewer pick up wheelgunning. In fact, a friend (who is really into revolvers) recently told me that he believes revolver mastery is truly a dying art. I mostly agree, were it not for a small handful of people keeping the skillset alive.