Snub Training – Snub as Back-up Gun I

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All fights, certainly gunfights, are violent physical encounters.  In the middle of the fight any number of failures can occur.  If there is a Murphy’s Law it is certainly most likely to occur in the middle of a gun battle. Fortunately everything that makes carrying a single snub convenient: small size, light weight, adequate power […]

Snub Training – Gunsmiths I

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Karl Sokol is the owner and chief gunsmith with Chestnut Mountain Sports in West Rutland, VT. He is one of the only two gunsmiths I use for work on my self-defense snubs. The other is Mike LaRocca, owner of LaRocca’s Gun Works in Worcester, MA. Recently I asked both for a list of those features that they […]

Snub Training – Speed Strips and QuickStrips

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Note – Before making any observations regarding the two brands of loading strips I need to point out that I am currently aiding TUFF Products with some of their QuickStrip marketing efforts. I also edited the directions used to explain two loading techniques used in their packaging and wrote the ten loading techniques noted on […]

Snub Training – Interrupted Loading

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Another loose round drill with some self-defense training value is the interrupted loading drill.  This drill is best run with three of four training partners but two as minimal can work.  Shooters start with an empty snub and three loose rounds in their pockets.  At a pre determined signal all shooters draw their snubs, go […]

Snub Training – Paired Round Loading

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Few exercises point out range effect scaring as clearly as a two round loading drill.  Start with two dummy rounds in your pocket and an empty snub in its holster.  At the self-initiated signal load both dummy rounds as quickly as you mechanically can. Work as if the lives of your family depended on it! […]

Snub Training – Single Round Reloading

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There are a few reasons why a shooter might want to practice loading only one or two loose rounds in a cylinder.  1 – Range practice with a few empty charge holes are the revolver equivalent of ball-and-dummy drills.  Can this be done with dedicated dummy rounds? Yes, but leaving a few charge holes empty […]

Snub Training – Self Defense Reloading

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Reloading skills can take one of several forms; Skills that develop familiarization with the weapon, Skills that develop tactical awareness, Skills that develop self defense competence and, Skills that develop range competence.  Most reloading skills blend two or more of these attributes.  As a general rule I try to avoid any reloading skill that is […]

Snub Training -Thumb Latches

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When a shooter reloads using either the Taylor “speed load” method or either of the better known FBI methods, S&W’s new art-deco style cylinder release latch might be viewed as something of an improvement.  This is because the new latch is angled for the convenience of the right hand shooter so he may activate the […]

Snub Training – Left Hand Reloading

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As note before, the revolver is a non-symmetric loading weapon. Here is a left hand reloading method that I find takes bits and pieces of the best of the non-traditional reloading systems. Start with the snub in your left hand. 1.   Left hand thumb moved to the rear of the hammer 2.   Left index finger […]

Snub Training – Right Hand Reloading

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1.   Right thumb moved to the rear of the hammer* 2.   Right hand index finger comes off the trigger and is positioned flush under cylinder 3.   Left hand’s index finger under the cylinder 4.   Left hand thumb on cylinder release 5.   Left hand thumb operates the cylinder release (press forward with Smith and Wesson, […]