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Cylinder Question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by drw2514, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. drw2514

    drw2514 Well-Known Member

    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...
  2. DWFan

    DWFan Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. drw2514

    drw2514 Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  4. 98Redline

    98Redline Well-Known Member

    Try being a lefty....
  5. Tallinar

    Tallinar Well-Known Member

    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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