Snub Training – Internal Locks

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There are currently several revolvers are now produced with internal locks. These include Ruger, Taurus and others. Some revolvers feature a built-in locking mechanism with the keyway located just above and behind the cylinder release on the left side of the frame. Once inserted the key can be rotates 90 degrees to either lock or […]

Snub Training – Ported Barrels

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I don’t like ported barrels on self-defense guns nor do I care for them on range training guns. The clearest danger is the risk of hot, explosive gases vented up into the shooters eyes and face.  It is true that a ported barrel will let a shooter shoot faster because it will reduce muzzle jump. […]

Snub Training – Ultra Lightweight Alloys

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I am under impressed with the popular ultra-lightweight titanium and scandium snubs.  They may be a joy to carry but they suffer several disadvantages as self-defense weapons.  First, responsible gun carrying requires competence and a simple measure of competence is range qualification.  A basic qualification score against a standardized range exam can be extremely challenging […]

Snub Training – Avoidable Features

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Studying, training and teaching snub skills has lead me to believe that there are a few common features that do little or nothing to enhance the snub as a self-defense weapon.  While almost all features have some value my experience is that there are three features in particular have passed the point of diminishing returns. These […]

Snub Training – Chamfering the Cylinder

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Reloading the revolver is an exercise in precision.  Trying to insert small uniformly sized cases into exactly measured charge holes is a task onto itself.  Add stress and the task becomes a challenge.  One of the things that will slow down reloading the revolver is the outer edge of the cartridge’s shoulder contacting the inner […]

Snub Training – XS Sights

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I have had several occasions to see and handle XS Sights, in particular their “Big Dot” front sight and I will admit that at first I was a little underwhelmed.  The sight and sight picture were not in keeping with any sighting style I had shot with in the past. Even though the system offered […]

Snub Training – Father's Day and range time

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Dear Fellow Snub Shooters: I hope this note finds you well. I will be away on a range training event until Monday, June 22. I will be back on the keyboard on the 22nd. Until then, I hope you will enjoy your Father’s Day! Yours, Michael de Bethencourt

Snub Training – D & L Sights

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D & L Sports, Inc offers a high profile front and rear sight replacement for J-frame snubs with pin-on-front sights such as Smith and Wesson Model 340 and 342. The D & L front sight is an oversized pin-on replacement item that mounts high above the usual height of J-frame front sights. Once pinned in […]

Snub Training – Sights

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Most snubs could benefit from improved sights.  Even the snub’s biggest fans can agree that with few exceptions the sights on contemporary snubs range from barely adequate to awful. Many snub sights are too small for acquiring a fast sight picture even in good light. Early model Colt Detective Specials used to be the exception […]

Snub Training – DAO for Long Range Shooting

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Some shooters who cock the snub for both short range and extended range shots argue that a long, heaver trigger pull makes accurate shots difficult, and that the single action shot can be easy. For nearly every shooter though a double action shot can be as accurate with the proper grip and stance. Convincing a […]