Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Drgong, Aug 5, 2008.
Go to the range and run through some reloading drills to at least get the 'muscle memory' down.
Only downside is that after a few drills the steel gets pretty toasty when you are cradling it while reloading.
The double-action trigger is not bad. The trick is to get the feel. I haul back on it just before I know where the 'break' is. Then I try to finesse it as if it were in single-action. As stated before, the trick is to develop that 'muscle memory' so you are not even thinking about it even under duress.
That's the advantage of having the sixth round. Because if 5 won't stop what's coming at you, it leaves a sixth to do yourself in humanely as opposed to what a pissed off creature that got shot five times with a .357 would do to you.
I think that if the it fits my hand in any way, I am looking at a ruger Revolver for myself.
They are both excellent carry guns.
The 101 is my Sunday carry.
W/ an HKS speed loader you can learn to reload quite fast. I know I can start a flame war here but I prefer the feel of a Ruger over a Smith, hands down. You cant go wrong.
As far as fit your hands. There are any # of grip makers that offer a different feel & one of them you will like.
I use factory grips on my GP100 & Pachmyre Grips on the 101.
SP's have fixed sights unless you get one of the new .327 Mags or the older .32 HR mag. GP's usually have adjustable sights unless you go with the 3". Some of the 4" ones were made with fixed sights for LE.
I have a 2.25" SP101 and 2 4" GP100's. Couldn't be happier with them.
"Fit" is a funny thing. If you get a chance, try shooting it before you buy.
One can do all manner of on-line research, then even pick one up and hold it, but in the end, the litmus test is how it feels when you actually shoot it. I was ready to buy at least one gun I predetermined I would buy. It even felt good in my hand, but my heart sank when I actually shot it. The light was dimmer than in the brightly-lit sales floor, so only then did I notice it was hard to see the sights clearly. I also noticed for the 1st time the trigger radius dug into my finger, and it broke way too late for my taste. When the recoil repeatedly sent the cylinder latch into my thumb joint, I knew this one wasn't for me.
Somebody's going to post the link sooner or later so it might as well be me.
I'm no expert and can't say as I fully understand the rationale, but Cunningham is and does. I'm rather fascinated by the observation that LFI-1 covers the issue of single action in a defensive revolver - I'd like to attend just for that though I'm sure it's an excellent class for a number of other reasons as well.
While I respect Grant Cunningham, I have a friend who is an FBI agent, and taught firearms for the FBI for a number of years. He says that when the FBI issued service revolvers, exactly NONE of them were DAO, based on the idea that the SA option was much preferable for long shots with short barreled weapons. Incidentally, I have been to the range with my friend--he can put five shots from a snubbie into a half dollar sized group at 50 feet, offhand--SA slow fire.
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