The Fundamentals Of Double Action Revolver Shooting

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

This 1961 FBI training video on the fundamentals of double-action revolver shooting is fascinating from a modern shooter’s point of view:

A few things jumped out at me:

  • The quick-draw holster is cut out along the trailing edge, so it doesn’t cover the trigger or trigger guard, but it’s not cut out along the leading edge, to let the barrel clear early.
  • The FBI’s idea of shooting quickly is shooting from the hip — but not really. The shooter is supposed to draw, extend, and point the gun at his target, without bringing it up to eye-level. How much time does that save?
  • I loved the advice to keep your second hand near the gun.

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  1. Todd says:

    Hard to believe that speedloaders didn’t come into use until the 70′s. Use of a speedloader is a game changer, albeit perhaps too late for the glory days of the revolver. It’s so simple an invention, it’s baffling it wasn’t devised sooner.

  2. Isegoria says:

    It’s hard to believe that speed didn’t come into use until the 1970s, when practical shooting took off. Even “rapid fire” wasn’t so speedy — and involved no draws or reloads on the clock.

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