Snubby Pistol Advice

August 24th, 2007  

Dear Dr. Piazza,

I have been enjoying your Front Sight newsletters-I just read number six.

I do have a question about weapon choices and training.

I have had a concealed weapons permit for a number of years and practice occasionally.  I am fully aware of my need for more training; when people ask me if I am any good I tell them I have a “green belt” in pistol shooting, that is, I am green with envy towards those who can really shoot.

My problem is this: because of a need for deep concealment I have settled on a snubby revolver (I shoot both .38 and .357).  I have tried compact autos but cannot get both concealment and speed of presentation with them.

None of the local instructors (or clubs) will give the time of day to a compact revolver shooter.  Moreover, I have serious doubts about the transferability of training done with a service autoloader and holster.

Do you have any thoughts on the matter?


Rick Burner


Here are my thoughts:

At Front Sight we have two motto’s we live by:

“Any gun will do– if you will do!”

“You are the weapon, your firearm is just a tool.”
There is nothing wrong with a snubby revolver.   It is just as fast to the first 6 shots.  It’s limitations are you need to reload more often, but with significantly more practice than you would need with an autoloading pistol, you can become very fast with both tactical and emergency reloads.

Come to Front Sight and we will train you with what you bring to levels that far exceed 99% of the gun owing population.


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