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Thread: Which Thumb to you use to cock your revolver?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST911 View Post
    More than many would think. It's been an instructed method in places at one time or another, when a precision shot is needed and time, distance, and cover allows.
    I guess the only question is whether those particular circumstances comprise "most of the time" or not.

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    I'm sure it's not as tactical / practical but after 40 years of ingrained muscle memory and habit (1) reach your right thumb up to cock.

    Trying to do otherwise would probably take 20 years to get to the skill level I currently possess doing it the "old way" and in a stress situation would more likely result in an unintended discharge than anything else.
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    Support hand to cock the revolver if shooting with two hands otherwise the right hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcante262 View Post
    Support hand to cock the revolver if shooting with two hands otherwise the right hand.
    In theory I would agree. But since my only revolver is DA, I just cannot imagine a reason to be cocking the hammer AND shooting one handed at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n4aof View Post
    In theory I would agree. But since my only revolver is DA, I just cannot imagine a reason to be cocking the hammer AND shooting one handed at the same time.
    You're down to your last two rounds; the man trying to rob you is pinning you down behind a gas pump; if you expose your entire head and shoulders, you're dead. So you poke one eye out, and hold your revolver with one hand, and cock it to make sure your shot counts.

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    I rarely thumb-cock my revolvers, but if I do, I use the same hand I am holding the gun with.
    Good night Chesty...wherever you are.

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    If you are practicing defensive shooting or in a actual defensive shooting then neither...there is no reason to cock it

    It you are just target shooting or hunting then who cares...how it gets cocked is irrelevant

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    The real issue(s) with cocking a revolver are both related to stress; the light single action break may give you an ND, or, worse, if you cock the gun, you may have to uncock it. In the middle of an adrenaline dump, bad idea.
    We used to advise our rookie handgun students to think about a Centennial so they couldn't cock it, but they also had trouble hitting things. We do encourage double action for defense.
    Handgun hunting, I cock with the weak hand, but that is for longer shots.
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    I just read through this again.

    Like someone said, one hand, I use that hand, two hands, I use support hand thumb.

    But I've been spending so much effort on the DA I think I need to transfer some focus on the SA.

    Were I to be carrying my revolver, need it, and the distance between myself and bad people is extended and / or available target is small due to cover I'm probably going to SA.

    What's extended? I guess in this case I'm talking just 25 yds and out.
    Last edited by Ron3; 03-14-19 at 09:26.

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