For lack of a better description and though it sounds counter-intuitive for a revolver reload method, we will call the first two of four reloading methods an “Auto-Pistol” style Manual-Of-Arms.
Before walking through the steps that make up the “Semi-Auto” Manual of Arms, lets set the stage by looking at how not to reload a semi-auto pistol. If I suggested that after shooting the semi-auto to slide lock-back, that you should:
1. Shift the frame of the (empty) pistol to the non-shooting hand
2. Re-grip and re-orient the muzzle in order to remove the empty magazine
3. Re-grip and re-orient the muzzle a second time in order to insert a fresh magazine
4. Re-grip (third time) to close the action, then
5. Transfer and re-grip the pistol (fourth time) into the shooting hand’s firing position
Objectively, you would think that it was (at best) a complete waste time and motion. But isn’t the above manual-of-arms a fair description of most of the reloading methods commonly employed with a revolver? Don’t most shooters employ a reloading system along the following lines:
1. Shift the frame of the (empty) revolver to the non-shooting hand
2. Re-grip and re-orient the muzzle in order to empty the cylinder
3. Re-grip and re-orient the muzzle a second time in order to insert fresh rounds
4. Re-grip (third time) to close the cylinder, then
5. Transfer and re-grip the revolver (fourth time) into the shooting hand’s firing position
Well, if the above manual of arms is unreasonable in a semi-auto pistol; it is just as unreasonable in a revolver?
Wouldn’t a system that either keeps the revolver in the shooting hand (for right hand shooters) or minimized any gun shifting (concession for left-handers due to the asymmetric nature of the revolver) offer some advantages over the above system?
The following “Auto-pistol” reloading offers at least the following advantage:
1 – Less time expended shifting the snub from hand-to-hand
2 – Maximum advantage of gravity is used when un-loading
3 – The callous heal of the hand is always used the strike the ejector (rather that the occasional use of the web of the hand)
4 – Maximum advantage of gravity is used when re-loading
5 – Maximum control is maintained if there is a struggle over the weapon
6 – The snub is properly orientated for emergency impact weapon strikes
I think by taking a new, unbiased look at the mechanics of revolver
reloading, and combining some unconventional pieces from Chuck Taylor and Massad Ayoob, we might have a method that offers a few advantages over the majority of conventional revolver reloading methods.
Before describing this “Auto-pistol” revolver reloading method, let me offer an apologies.
Please don’t be put off by the number of step-by-step directions. Because text and printed photos are by their nature less effective in conveying directions than any live action media, (video or DVD) the directions below are going to be broken down into a larger number of steps than may be necessary for the majority of readers. I would rather over-explain the steps and have every reader follow along that under explain a step and confuse a fellow shooter.