In Chick Gaylord’s book The Handgunners Guide he offered some very valuable tips and tactics for the short-barreled revolver. But the book is not a centralized source for snub-specific material and subsequently a reader would already have to be a serious shooter to be familiar with Mr. Gaylord’s work and subsequently familiar with the snub gems it offers. Along similar lines, while J.H. FitzGerald may be the father of the dedicated snub revolver it is Ed Lovette who is the father of the snub training literature. Ed Lovette’s The Snubby Revolver is the primogenitor text on snub tactics. In it Ed noted five reasons why we as snub owners and shooters should continually gather up and record snub revolver material:
1 – “We’re slowly losing all that good revolver ‘how-to’ we learned the hard way [.]”
2 – “I am concerned that the requisite revolver skills are not being passed on to those who need them.”
3 – There is a dearth of “revolver only” courses available.
4 – “It is possible that the mainstay revolver – the one most purchased, most carried, and most used – will become the snubby.”
5 – “With a little luck, it might inspire [other] revolver hands … to share their experience and expertise.”
I wouldn’t dare compare this collection of mixed snub notes to Ed’s work, but I will offer them as an honest recording of self-defense snub handling I have observed and insights I have collected. In the interest of expanding my own snub revolver library this small effort may also motivate more revolver hands more knowledgeable than I am to contribute to the genre.