Revolver Grip


Today’s lesson is going to be Revolver Grip and I believe the key feature of a correct revolver grip is the placement of the trigger finger on the trigger. You noticed it has to be square with the face of the trigger and the grip is secondary to the placement of the finger on the trigger.


Now watch when I place my trigger finger square on the face of the trigger and then grip the revolver.



The next key feature of a proper revolver grip is to try and get the centerline of the barrel down to the centerline of your arm. If you achieve this, what happens when you discharge the shot, it’s going to recoil straight back. So what I’m going to do is get my hand as high as I can and still have the revolver functional.


You noticed the web of my shooting hand is over the back strap here and when I fire, I’ll have enough clearance for the hammer to cycle. The real key feature here is that the centerline of the bore is down close to the centerline of the hand. The higher the revolver has more torque, the less it is going to be on target, the slower you’re going to be in your performance. You will want your hand up high and your barrel down low.


The third feature of a proper revolver grip is the use of the non-firing hand. I try to get seventy percent of the control of the revolver by use of the non-firing hand so it is very critical to apply it correctly. What I consider a proper revolver grip is to use both thumbs, wrap them over, and pull tightly. What this allows me to do is to get about seventy percent of control with my non-firing hand and also allows me to loosen my grip with the firing hand. But the big thing here is consistency of presentation to the target. Anytime you have your thumb up or your finger out in front of the cylinder, your asking to get hurt so I’m back of the cylinder gap, my fingers are wrapped, and I am using both hands to control the muzzle. 


Now we talked about grip technique of the full size revolvers. You noticed the stocks are rather large. We’re going over to one that is totally different. This is a j-frame. The j-frame revolver is different because of the size limitations of the stock. So what we do to correct that is we’re going to change the placement of the thumb on the non-firing hand. We’re going to come up and grab the backstrap of the firing hand. Notice that these two fingers are pinching the revolver down into the grip of the firing hand and it gives a lot better consistency from shot-to-shot this way.




All the grip techniques that we discussed here are good up to about a 200 power factor. Now we are going to take this Smith and Wesson 500 Magnum with a 640 power factor and show you the grip technique that I use to shoot this. One of the key things that I do different when I shoot a power factor this heavy, I want to get the revolver a little bit higher in my hand and the reason for that is if I get it down really too low, its going to beat me up. So I’m going to let the gun torque a little bit and let it jump. I’m going to have the revolver just a little bit higher, about half an inch, grab it just like I did the other revolvers, and pull it straight back. Now, Jim, I going to close this lesson with the biggest and the best. WOO!



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