RevolverGuy Interview With Snub Gun Study Group

Yours truly was interviewed by Nick Walker, the Editor at Snub Gun Study Group, for the Fall 2021 issue of the Snub Gun Study Group Magazine.

The conversation mostly focused on the rapid influx of new shooters into our community, and training considerations, such as how to select a good trainer and the right equipment. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to talk about the pros and cons of the snub revolver, either.

Make sure to check out the magazine for some great articles on classic gunfighter books, popular revolvers and cartridges, and a very interesting study on ballistic test mediums. I think you’ll find lots there to enjoy!


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Author: Mike

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Mike Wood is a bonafide revolver nut, a certified law enforcement instructor in handgun, shotgun, patrol rifle, less-lethal, and diversionary device disciplines, and the author of Newhall Shooting: A Tactical Analysis, the definitive study of the infamous, 1970 California Highway Patrol shootout in Newhall, California. Mike wrote the "Tactical Analysis" column at for 8 years, and enjoys teaching both armed citizens and law enforcement officers.

7 thoughts on “RevolverGuy Interview With Snub Gun Study Group”

  1. I read your interview in SG2, and I have to say I agree with most of what you’ve said. (I can’t think of anything right now that I didn’t agree with, but there has to be something. I’m that kind of person.)
    Apropos of nothing, I have a question: I believe you came by a new Colt Cobra about a year or so ago, and wrote a review of it. If you still have it, has your opinion of it changed any? I’m not really a Colt guy, but I like the idea of a 6-shot pocket revolver that isn’t a Kimber.

    1. 1811, thanks for the feedback! I wouldn’t expect anyone to agree 100% with me, but I’m glad you found a lot that made sense to you.

      I actually sold my Night Cobra in frustration, because (for reasons I’m still struggling to understand) I just didn’t shoot it well. I think it was made well, and I appreciated some of the features–particularly that 6th round–but I just didn’t shoot it well. I think the very narrow trigger face was a factor, as was the general fit in my hand. Sometimes you just get a bad mix between hand size/shape and gun, and this was it for me. I wouldn’t discourage another person from buying one, but would warn them about the narrow trigger face being a bit uncomfortable for sustained training.

      The trigger blade on the Python is much better. I wish they’d done something more like that on the Cobra.

      1. Thank you. I’m sorry the Cobra didn’t work out for you. I owned four different D-frames back in the 70s/80s, a steel DS, an alloy Cobra, and an alloy Agent, all 2-inchers, and a 4-inch Diamondback. I sold all of them; I couldn’t stand in a phone booth and hit glass with the snubbies (I think it was a combo of the thin trigger blades and the stacky triggers), and the Diamondback was the most poorly made “quality” revolver I’ve ever seen. The cylinder face wasn’t cut square; you could look down on the gun and spin the cylinder and watch the face wave back and forth. (Who thinks to look for that in the store?) (To be fair, I worked with people who loved their D-frames, and the horsey on the side guaranteed a good price when I sold them.) I was (and am) hoping that the new versions are quality guns, if only for the sake of competition and greater variety and choice in the market.

        1. I’m with you. While it wasn’t a good fit for me, I’m excited to see Colt making a quality product and introducing some competition back into the market. I think we all win, with that.

  2. Just purchased a new S&W Bodygard 38 revolver. wnating to replace oem rubber grip but only found Hogue black rubber grip available.
    Is there a wood or other(ivory,pearl etc) replacement grips available yet for this new model/….looks like a J but different and smaller.

    1. Ray, I know the OEM grips have a pin that holds them in place, and I haven’t seen a wood or G10 alternative with that mounting system. You might call an outfit like Badger Custom Grips to see if they have the ability to modify a set of their round butt, J-frame grips for the new Bodyguard 38, but I won’t be surprised if you’re stuck with the OEM and Hogue options.

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