I often feel my choice of a snub revolver may be inadequate when I could own/carry/shoot an auto. Shooting an auto a fair amount before ever touching a revolver, I figured an auto was what I would gravitate to. I have read a lot regarding many issues related to defensive shooting and all have valid points and deserve consideration to develop not only a gun system but a shooter. I often question if I would be better armed with an auto and the answer is yes – at least considering firepower, speed, and accuracy.
However, in my opinion nothing can edge out the benefits of training with a snub nose revolver. Sure there are many aspects of autos that outperform revolvers but as far as developing a shooter (myself still being a developing shooter – aren’t we all) nothing helps more than the snub revolver. The aspects most people consider faults of the revolver I see as benefits – maybe not in a gun fight but in the development of a gunfighter.
First, the sight radius – or lack of – really helps train for a proper sight alignment and holding of a sight picture that translates exponentially to an auto or longer barreled revolver. When every flaw is amplified it helps signal a lack of training and need for focus – both are greatly needed by any shooter.
Second, the long and heavy double action trigger reinforces trigger control. When combined with the short sight radius translate into even better shooter technique and skill. A long double action trigger can help a short action trigger pull but not the other way around.
Third, the lack of capacity – while considered a hindrance by many – forces the use of cover, concealment, movement, and avoidance of danger. If the tactical advantage of a speedy reload is a factor, so is failing something more fundamental.
After starting out with autos in the military, I have gravitated to revolvers and I believe have become a better shooter for it. I especially feel that these skills transferred to an auto make an extremely proficient shooter. Auto loaders will come and go from my collection but my snubs will never go and will accompany me to the range every time.
Ode to the Snub
Make the front clear
Stay clear of trouble