Question on hand position with revolvers

Question on hand position with revolvers

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    Question on hand position with revolvers

    I know there is some nasty stuff (flames and gasses) coming out of the front of the cylinder and that you don't want to have your hand or fingers near it. What about the back? Do you risk injury if your thump is close to the rear cylinder gap?
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    One word answer: Nope.
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    I've never had an issue with it nor noticed any flash or debris coming from the rear cylinder gap.
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    No, no issue. Unless the gun is coming apart in your hands, and then, you have bigger issues.

    The case expands when fired (which is why they don't come out as easily as they went in), which seals any gasses or anything from coming back. Unless you are shooting an 1895 Nagant revolver, nothing is sealing the cylinder gap at the end of the cylinder.
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    Do you risk injury if your thump is close to the rear cylinder gap?
    if you hold it proper your thunbs over lap near the grip

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    For SNUB revolvers with internal or shrouded hammer, try the weak hand thumb back over the base of the strong hand thumb grip. Try it at your next range session...it's great for Airweight snubs.
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    What I was actually thinking of doing is using a thumbs forward grip but putting the thumb of my strong hand up high riding above the cylinder release. Kinda like the strong hand thumb would ride the safety when shooting a 1911. The reason for doing this the cylinder release caught me in the knuckle several times while shooting rapid fire strings and I was honestly bleeding quite profusely. I tried putting my thumb up top when dry firing today and found it to feel quite natural and comfortable. Plus, it gets my knuckle out of the way of the cylinder release.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    What I was actually thinking of doing is using a thumbs forward grip but putting the thumb of my strong hand up high riding above the cylinder release. Kinda like the strong hand thumb would ride the safety when shooting a 1911. The reason for doing this the cylinder release caught me in the knuckle several times while shooting rapid fire strings and I was honestly bleeding quite profusely. I tried putting my thumb up top when dry firing today and found it to feel quite natural and comfortable. Plus, it gets my knuckle out of the way of the cylinder release.
    What kind of revolver are you shooting? I would caution against that with a S&W, because I think it would increase the odds of inadvertently hitting the cylinder release forward during recoil, and making your cylinder swing out.

    If you have a Ruger or Colt, I don't think it would be as much of an issue.
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    I lay my off hand thumb on top of my strong had thumb.
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