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Thumbing the revolver

Post by james r chapman on Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:31 pm

Any great suggestions for this obscure technique?

It's different, to say the least, but, SA seems to be much better than DA with my once a year one armed revolver shooting...

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Re: Thumbing the revolver

Post by john bickar on Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:58 pm

I don't know that it's obscure.

Squeeze trigger until BANG. Pivot thumb. Cock hammer.

Repeat until targets edge, you count 5, or CLICK - your choice
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Post by james r chapman on Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:06 pm

obscure, as in, it's not often done that way with PPC shooters lol
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Post by kwixdraw on Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:25 pm

It's easy once you get the cadence down. IMHO it's easier with a S&W than a Colt (shorter stroke) and easier if you don't go for the largest "target" grips you can find.
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Post by Rob Kovach on Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:51 am

James,

You have just over a week of practice left.

-Download the bullseye timer app for your smartphone
-dryfire to the rapid fire commands x1000 repetitions

You will have no problem getting your shots off single action next Tuesday.
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Post by LenV on Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:58 am

You know that period between when the gun goes bang and you are searching for your front sight and waiting for it to come back in line? That is time well spent thumbing the hammer back. With a little practice that part is done before your sights come back in line. Let the barrel coming back forward (from recoil) be the last part of the process. There is one other part I should mention. Be sure you have the hammer all the way back before easing up. A half-cock will bring the cylinder around but won't leave the hammer back. When you get in a hurry that seems to be the first problem a new "thumber" has. I speak from experience when I say that it is no fun rapidly DA back through the cylinder to find the one you let roll by.

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Post by knightimac on Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:36 am

Hi

I never done anything but thumb the revolver and fire single action for bullseye.

As Rob stated, dry fire and time yourself.

I do it in the living room and my wife times me when commercials are on when watching TV.

I love the light single action triggers on my models 10 and 325.

Good luck if you are shooting the Reeves match.
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Post by james r chapman on Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:17 pm

Shooting both, the Reeves with a older Mod 10-8 PPC gun that I removed the barrel weight on. It has a stubby hammer that makes it somewhat difficult. I might see if I have a target hammer for it.

Probably a mod 14-8 that I just got a hold of that has a wonderful SA pull for the DR.

But, the 14-2 is still in contention..

They all shoot great with 148's, it's the 158's that need work...
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Post by kwixdraw on Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:39 pm

I have had my eye on a Magma mold for the 158 RN. It has a little shoulder just aft of where the round nose becomes a cylinder and looks like it might act as a wad cutting ledge. If anyone is using it I'd sure love to hear a report.
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Post by Rob Kovach on Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:11 pm

James,

I have an old thread about "DR loads that don't suck" and my Model 14 shoots x-ring groups out of its best cylinder with the Remington 158gr LRN factory loads---the ones that you can find at any store.

But the testing revealed very poor groups out of hand loads and acceptable results with other factory loads.

It shoots 148gr WC handloads great.
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Re: Thumbing the revolver

Post by james r chapman on Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:57 pm

I'll try that.
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Re: Thumbing the revolver

Post by rreid on Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:44 pm

I start with the hammer cocked and shoot the first shot SA, then fire the 4 remaining shots DA. Not my own idea, but I don't remember where I picked it up. Get the bullseye timer app, like Rob said.
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Post by Jerry Keefer on Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:11 pm

rreid wrote:I start with the hammer cocked and shoot the first shot SA, then fire the 4 remaining shots DA. Not my own idea, but I don't remember where I picked it up. Get the bullseye timer app, like Rob said.

I know a  number of HMs that use the above technique...Should be a snap for an "ole PPC shooter."  Smile
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Re: Thumbing the revolver

Post by james r chapman on Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:13 pm

Well, I'm no Hamphill, and I sure miss that second hand.... lol
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