Video: Mastering the Revolver’s Double-Action Trigger Pull

Video: Mastering the Revolver’s Double-Action Trigger Pull

The revolver offers many advantages, but also many challenges. A while back we posted a video of Massad Ayoob addressing one of the tricky aspects of the wheelgun — the reload. This time around, a couple other Gun Digest authors tackle another key facet to getting the most out of this style of handgun — the trigger pull. Yup, the handgun’s heavy double-action can throw some for a loop. But as Grant Cunningham and Rob Pincus demonstrate in the above video, it’s really just a matter of understanding and getting a feel of the mechanism.

One of the more interesting aspects touched upon in the clip is the use of dryfire. Both firearms instructors hint they don’t believe in overdoing this type of practice. Instead, they find it a useful exercise to jog muscle memory just before live fire practice. Mr. Revolver (Cunningham) also touches on another important point of the trigger pull on a double-action, well worth paying attention to. That is, the movement of the finger. As those who have spent most of their days on the business end of something such as a striker-fired pistol soon find out, its is much more pronounced on a revolver.


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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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