Re: Combat Snubby Shooting the Askins Way
The convulsive grip is generally part of the point shooting mantra, as I am certain you are aware. In so far as recoil is concerned, it is, I feel, a relative issue, though I agree with you on the small .357‘s and always question claims of accuracy made with them.
Pistolenschutze, just a few examples to site my standpoint in agreement of the convulsive grip and the relevance of recoil and, as always sir, I am simply stating my opinion.
My only true snub-nosed revolver is a near twenty-six year old Charter Arms Undercover. The pistol was, in its day, the lightest .38 available but not by much. I bought it due to necessity and that it was half the price of a S&W, however I digress Pistolenschutze. The grip frame is small, as are the J-frames, and I have a large to XL hand i.e. piano fingers. The factory grips were out, a T-Grip helped but I finally settled upon Pachmayr Compact grips as Boot type grips were unheard of at the time. What an amazing difference a simple stock change made in both managing recoil and, obviously, hit-ability. With the standard stocks I could not maintain the proper grip and it certainly showed up on the target.
Considering the ultra-light revolvers, even those chambered in .38 Special, I have to concur with Col. Rex Applegate when he stated in KOGK that if revolvers get any lighter it may be counterproductive. When S&W and Taurus came out with their titanium ultra lights, I was given the opportunity to test fire them. The only one I felt acceptable as a combat weapon was a ported model from Taurus. Now in slow fire single action work it doesn’t seem to matter to me personally. Then again I would not choose a snub-nosed revolver for pure target work either. I cannot imagine firing the .357 magnum version of these and expecting to hit anything after the first shot and I am not overly recoil sensitive.
I would imagine that, in both cases, the grip/recoil factor is relative to me. Nonetheless, for close, rapid bursts, proper fitting stocks and a firm grip are greatly beneficial. Oh and unless I am very intentional with my shooting, snub wise that is, I am not very accurate past 10 yards either Pistolenschutze. As I am sure you will agree, the guns just were not made for that type of shooting.
Ironically though, I know of people who actually shoot better with the standard J-frame stocks, and I am talking rapid two-shot bursts…perhaps everything is relative.
Oh well, I have bellowed long enough, time to check the lake that used to be my basement - I live is Wisconsin…
I hear those Speer Gold Dot +P’s are a good load, I still use the 158 grain LSWCHP+P’s…old habits die hard.
Last edited by kilogulf59; 06-14-2008 at 01:26 PM..