Snubbie practice

I’ve been reading a lot of Claude Werner’s stuff lately. It’s been a good refresher on a few things.

Recently, Claude posted the curriculum to his Introduction to “J” frame revolver class. I spent a weekend with Claude a few years back, and many of the things in his posted intro curriculum ring bells of familiarity. While reading the curriculum is no substitute for taking the class, there are some things you can glean.

First, Claude emphasizes fundamentals. If you’ve ever played a sport, you should understand this. No matter how good you get, the only way to get good is to master the fundamentals.

Second, Claude puts a lot of emphasis on the draw and first shot. Why? Because it’s critically important.

Third, did you notice Claude put a “Methodology” section? Everything is done for an articulable reason, and class is kept to a focused scope. Sign of a good teacher.

Fourth, one entry in the Methodology lists a wonderful thing about revolvers: the built-in ability to do the ball-and-dummy drill by simply spinning the cylinder between shots.

• Ball and dummy is achieved by opening the cylinder after a few shots, spinning it, and then closing it without looking where the fired case(s) end up. Do this once or twice per cylinder.

Try that next time you’re at the range. Draw and fire one. After the string is over, spin the cylinder and reholster. Draw and fire one; if it goes click, keep firing until it doesn’t go click, and make sure your front sight never dips. The fun part is, after you fire a couple shots, you get more dummies than balls, so the “when will it fire?” could be 1 trigger press away or could be 4 away, and you have to keep going and keep the sights steady and trigger press smooth. It’s a good drill.

Fifth, reloading from loose ammo. One thing Claude emphasized in class was scanning the scene around you while you reload – something I still do every time I reload my snub.

I admit, I’ve been carrying my snub more this summer. Not so much because it’s hot, but because of my weight gain and clothing fit issues (sigh but resolve to this issue is forthcoming). So I’ve been practicing and dry firing with the snub a lot. It still sucks to draw from a pocket holster. Plus, I’m finding some flaws in pocket holsters… enough to make me wonder about fabrication. But, another discussion for another time.


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