Nationally known police trainer Michael Boyle has most accurately described “serious training with the defensive handgun … as a study of ‘what ifs.’” These include such basics as: reacting to a gun shot, drawing quickly and smoothly, moving to cover, firing from cover, combat loading and low light shooting. An important skill beyond these basics includes the ability to fight back if injured. An injury can occur at any point during an assault. Lt. Boyle also noted that there are reported statistics indicating that in an exchange of gunfire with an attacker, the defender can expect to suffer a wound in his hand, arm or shoulder roughly 12% of the time. The majority of these wounds occur in the shooter strong hand side. This makes sense as an attacker firing on the handgun armed good guy will naturally be focused on the threat and the threat will often be perceived as the handgun. It is easy to remember that where the eyes focus the shots often cluster. It should be remembered that during the 1986 Miami shoot out, and very early into the gunfight one of the two killers tragically managed to strike three of the FBI agents in the hand and/or arm limiting their ability to return fire and subsequently reload.
As a consequence the prepared snub shooter must take it upon himself know how to draw and shoot with either hand equally well. As it will be expected that any need to shift to weak hand shooting skills will be predicated on the strong hand being injured, the shooter will also be expected to know how to reload his revolver with only one hand. One handed snub skills must be practiced before the emergency, not developed during the emergency because to quote nationally known trainer Mike Boyle: “Improvisation under stress has never been, and never will be, a strong attribute of man.”