Last week was a little light on the blog. I was scheduled to teach a carbine class over the weekend and amd focused my spare attention on making sure everything was ready to roll for that class. I also decided to run my revolver for the portion of the class that required transitioning to a pistol. After the first day of class, even had someone show up on day two running a Colt King Cobra. It made me all warm and fuzzy inside.
On breaks when I got a chance or at the end of the class day, I was able to put a few more rounds through the 66 and put some drills on the shot timer.
My reloads are finally coming around, after making some changes. I ditched the “universal reload”, or a hybrid sort of competition/de Bethencourt reload. It works well with this revolver, we will see if it works well with other less optimal revolvers down the road. In the video below, I am running a Safariland Comp II from the pocket.
The reload itself took 4.23 seconds. I am not for certain why this method seems to work better, but it does, so I am rolling with it. My only guess is that I am applying less pressure to the rounds as they are being loaded into the gun, so they do not snag and hang up like they were before. Now I just have to train the technique enough that I don’t have to tell myself how to do it as I am doing it. That might take a while because I have done a huge number of reloads the “old” way.
I of course worked some draws from concealment on a USPSA A-zone at 7 yards. The times were okay. I noted a couple snags on the draw because I didn’t clear my cover garment as well as I should have. Just fought through it amd kept going. There are no guarantees I would be able to do it perfect when it matters either. I think having the mindset in training to fight through whatever happens, as long as it isn’t a safety issue, is pretty important.
I didn’t get it on video, but also ran a Bill Drill from the same dostance amd turned in a 2.80. Splits were in the mid .20 second range, which is pretty good for a DA gun.
I think those times are respectable. I can see my shooting on the revolver slowly improving, and in some ways, nearing my performance with a semiauto handgun. I think the reloads will probably never be as fast, but my hope is the rest of it can be. Probably the most critical part is that my accuracy has not degraded even though I am running a DA trigger.
I finally wrapped up the revolver shooting by doing a low light reload with the flashlight in the support hand. You can’t really see it, but if you listen you can kind of tell what is going on.