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Old 07-14-2011, 7:57 PM
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Hello all,

I am very much looking forward to my new 625 that I get to pick-up Saturday and have been reading on revolvers. Semi-auto's are my first love, 1911's in particular. When shooting a buddy's revolvers I keep looking for a place to put my shooting hand's thumb and have no idea the proper way to use my support hand.

What works best for you Calgunners out there? Picts and video are a plus.

BTW, anyone that wants to meet out at USI on Sunday is welcome to help me break in the new gun. I will bring the ammo!

Here is the beauty in question. Ignore the awful grips. Replacements are on the way.



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Definitely don't go fingers forward (Thumbs) as you've probably learned to do with autos. There will be plenty of horror stories (With pictures) posted soon enough. I'm too lazy to go find them right now and I'm sure plenty of people have them bookmarked.

Edit: Don't do this
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Not every revolver shooter crosses the thumbs. I do it because when I shoot one handed I curl my thumb downward so crossing the offhand thumb over my gunhand thumb feels natural. Lately l've been experimenting with my thumbs parallel or moving my off hand a little further down when shooting two-handed. Both have some advantages. Thumbs crossed or uncrossed is up to you. Whichever is more comfortable and gives you better control. It may sound obvious and a little trite but you will be shooting with your hands.

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Check out this link, for revolver shooting tips from Jerry Miculek.
It helped me out and I recommend it.

Check out the Revolver Grip and Trigger Control lessons.
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Definitely don't go fingers forward (Thumbs) as you've probably learned to do with autos. There will be plenty of horror stories (With pictures) posted soon enough. I'm too lazy to go find them right now and I'm sure plenty of people have them bookmarked.

Edit: Don't do this
I use a thumbs-forward grip on all revolvers with few exceptions. (one of those exceptions would be a revolver with an extra short cylinder like 45acp, but I don't have any of those.) Just don't grab the trigger guard like the retard in the picture. Fill the left grip with the palm of your left hand and rest your thumb on the frame underneath the cylinder just like your average semi-auto.

I'm sure there's lots of people that have their own grip styles, and nobody can tell you what works best for you. Just do what feels best and don't hold fingers over the cylinder gap.
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I hold a revolver just like I do a semi auto. Support hand wrapped over strong hand, web of strong hand at top of the back strap, and thumbs parallel or one slightly over the other (depends on size of grip).

The only thing you really have to make sure you are not doing with a revolver is putting any part of your hand at or forwards of the front cylinder gap (and why you would do this, besides as a mistake, I don't know).

Other than that, why would you hold it any differently than any other handgun?
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Check out this link, for revolver shooting tips from Jerry Miculek.
It helped me out and I recommend it.

Check out the Revolver Grip and Trigger Control lessons.
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Definitely don't go fingers forward (Thumbs) as you've probably learned to do with autos. There will be plenty of horror stories (With pictures) posted soon enough. I'm too lazy to go find them right now and I'm sure plenty of people have them bookmarked.

Edit: Don't do this
Especially not on that BEAST! Say goodbye to the end of your thumb.
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Isn't the proper way to hold a revolver is to hold it in your nondominate hand so you can shoot with your semi-auto in your dominate hand


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depends on the revolver. I am still better in tea-cup accuracy wise in my S&W .38 vs a modern revolver hand position, I am not as stable with a very heavy DA pull in a modern position. I use both. On autos I am thumbs forward.

Try it with a heavy trigger and you will note you pull yourself out of position with a modern style grip on a revolver, well at least I do despite my best efforts.

Also note Annette's trigger finger. First JOINT. Front pad works on light modern auto pistols but not on heavy revolvers. I am going to presume Jerry has a lightened trigger in his picture. Revolvers have long pulls and long resets. If you try to short cycle you can actually get cylinder lock.
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I hold a revolver just like I do a semi auto. Support hand wrapped over strong hand, web of strong hand at top of the back strap, and thumbs parallel or one slightly over the other (depends on size of grip).

The only thing you really have to make sure you are not doing with a revolver is putting any part of your hand at or forwards of the front cylinder gap (and why you would do this, besides as a mistake, I don't know).

Other than that, why would you hold it any differently than any other handgun?
Winner!!! Also, if you have largish hands you'll want to get a set of grips that cover the backstrap to increase the distance between your hand and trigger to get the pad of your finger onto the tripper. I like Nill grips for this, Jordan style grips work well also, though they are even bigger than the nills (second pic)

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For most people, a position with the first joint at the edge of the trigger will pull straight back whereas the pad tends to push to the side. If you start on the pad, the trigger finger will try to slide over the trigger toward a first joint position. A light SA trigger like on the 1911 is somewhat forgiving of this but the DA trigger on a revolver is not. In the video below Miculek puts the first joint just at the edge of the trigger. For most people this is the best technique though YMMV. My wife, for example, has long fingers and uses her middle phalange to pull the trigger. Jerry also demonstrates that technique.

http://www.myoutdoortv.com/shooting/...rigger-control

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wish I had a light trigger like that. He is pretty awesome with his revolvers.
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Thanks everyone for all the great tips. Another 20 hours to go and the 625 is MINE!!!!

Again, Sunday at USI 9am sharp if anyone wants to meet up.
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Thanks everyone for all the great tips. Another 20 hours to go and the 625 is MINE!!!!

Again, Sunday at USI 9am sharp if anyone wants to meet up.
Very nice smith 625, I have a date to pick up my new purchase next Tuesday not getting anxious yet, but soon.
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QUOTE=paul0660;6780098]Hold it anyway you like. If it is wrong, you will only do it once.[/QUOTE]

I seem to remember trying lots of different grips in my adolescent years. Eventually I found one that worked and stuck with it. Revolvers are probably similar with testing different methods but the results should differ.
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Definitely don't go fingers forward (Thumbs) as you've probably learned to do with autos. There will be plenty of horror stories (With pictures) posted soon enough. I'm too lazy to go find them right now and I'm sure plenty of people have them bookmarked.

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I cant even shoot like that with semi's. My thumb gets in the way of the trigger finger......
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I'm going to save this picture for everytime somebody jumps in a thread and screams "Pull the trigger with the tip of your finger!"

I know I was going to say what happened to pad of the finger....

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I'm going to save this picture for everytime somebody jumps in a thread and screams "Pull the trigger with the tip of your finger!"
Some revolver shooters who can mange that trigger reach use it because the tip of the finger will index on the frame and act as a trigger stop. It can increase speed measurably. It is just another example of how autloader techniques do not necesarily (or even usually) translate directly to the DA revolver.
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