February 12, 2006, 03:24 PM
I went out yesterday and shot a new S&W Model 37 in .38 special. I absolutley could not hit anything with it! I have only ever shot a GLOCK before this so I'm hoping I just need to get used to it. I've never shot a revolver. I wonder if it is just the long heavy pull on the trigger that has me jerking it. I'm just all over the target, there isn't really a pattern to it. It is a snub nose so I really didn't expect incredible accuracy form it but this is a little rediculous. I can shoot a GLOCK 23 really accurately.
February 12, 2006, 04:14 PM
Take your time Deersniper. Shooting a double action revolver, especially a snub is far more difficult than you might think due to sight radius, muzzle blast, fear of the unknown, trigger pull, ect, ect.
I try to let new revolver shooters get real close to the target without making them feel like they are jerks for standing so close. Start at 5 or 7 yards, use a rest or a two hand hold. Breath correctly, squeeze the trigger. Use the gun single action if you can, and take your time.
When you start getting decent groups at 7 yards, more back to 10 yards. Don't be in a rush. The good habits take a while to acquire, but the bad habits are harder to get rid of.
I'd fire a good couple, three hundred rounds between 5 and 10 yards before I even began to worry about where they were going.
You'll get there. If you can shoot the glock, you can shoot the snub....different...that's all
By the way, I think this is my 100th Post. Sure happened fast.
February 12, 2006, 04:44 PM
the fact is: snubbies are really hard to shoot accurately, especially the tiny and light ones. If you go with a revolver over a semi-auto, it needs to be for the right reasons: dependability, concealability, and simplicity. They just don't shoot as well as small autos, IMO.
The good news is that you can get much better with practice.
February 12, 2006, 05:27 PM
I feel your pain! Upon recently purchasing an S W 642, I thought all previously acquired shooting ability had been relinquished when signing the purchase paperwork.
I worked at shooting the snubby, both with range practice and dry firing at least 500 times. (No snap cap discussion, please!) Finally I worked on the snubby itself, flushing out a few particles of grunge either left from the manufacturing process or collected during the break-in process, with brake cleaner and lubing the action with my favorite super slick teflon grease.
The trigger pull "feels" better. My hand must be stronger. The bottom line, my groups are about 5 inches at 10 yards. While not as satisfying as the tighter clusters fired from larger weapons, I still consider them a work in progress. Oh yeah, it’s fun learning to use a new toy.