Cylinder Question


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drw2514
September 27, 2011, 02:49 AM
Maybe a weird question about revolver design, but...

Why does the cylinder open to the left?

It seems that it would be much easier to load from the right as a right handed shooter.

Is it a matter of tradition? Some design aspect that necessitates it?

I'm just curious... :)

And... forgive me if i'm overlooking something obvious...

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DWFan
September 27, 2011, 03:15 AM
It opens to the left so you don't have to change your grip...at least not too much. A right-handed shooter would have to transfer the weapon to his left hand to reload with his right.

drw2514
September 27, 2011, 03:19 AM
I guess i'm just not that good with my left hand... I have to change my grip to reload no matter what. My thumb isn't long enough to manipulate the cylinder release latch without changing my grip.

Oh well, no sense complaining. :)

98Redline
September 27, 2011, 07:41 AM
Try being a lefty....

Tallinar
September 27, 2011, 11:26 AM
Search the web and you'll find a pretty sweet video from Massad Ayoob demonstrating how they did revolver reloading training back in in the 70's. He demonstrates methods for both right and left-handed shooters. After watching that, you may come to find that it's not a huge obstacle with a bit of deliberate practice.

I'm a lefty, and the method he demonstrates there works very well for me.

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