My New Year’s resolution: learn to shoot and carry a revolver. For four months I carried a wheelgun every day. I shot around 1200 rounds through my revolvers at matches and a 40-hour advanced handgun course. During this time I learned that wheel guns are not as fool-proof as gun-counter lore would lead us to believe. Where as a modern auto pistol could easily run 1000 rounds or more without cleaning, to operate efficiently, revolvers need their chambers scrubbed out at least every couple hundred rounds. Otherwise ejection and reloading slows from sloth to slug speed . . .
This is especially true if you shoot a lot of 38s in a .357. Aditionally, as RF pointed out, all it takes is a little crud or a stuck case under the ejector to send you on a voyage down Poo Creek without a paddle.
Just as Lewis and Clark had Sacajewea to guide them on thier perilous canoe trip, leading revolversmith Grant Cunningham is here to help us cross the wild lands where the mythical beast of revolver malfunction rears it ugly head. Click here for The Revolver Malfunction Drill by Grant Cunningham. Here it is in short form:
- Stroke the trigger again.
- If the gun still doesn’t fire, RELOAD.
- If the gun fails to fire after the reload, drop it and go to backup.
If you don’t have a backup, RUN!