Monday, January 09, 2023

You gotta be smarter than the gun.

So I wrote yesterday's post only having read commentary on the YouTube video in question, but to be fair I went and watched it for myself.

It is full of cues that the shooter in question had nearly zero familiarity with running a wheelgun competently. There's him advising one of his buddies to stage the trigger. (HINT: Don't do that.) He literally spends two or three minutes of the video telling the guy to pull the trigger wrong.

At one point in the video, he starts wiggling the cylinder in the frame and complaining that the lockup isn't as tight as he would expect. (The cylinder in the 856 is only fully locked up when the trigger is to the rear and the hammer has fallen, like most DA revolvers. This is like wiggling the shifter of a manual transmission car while it's in neutral and complaining that the selector lever feels wobbly.)

He's constantly getting cases fouled on the walnut stocks, largely because he doesn't elevate the muzzle to the vertical and operate the ejector rod smartly. The factory stocks on this revolver (on a lot of revolvers, actually) will penalize anything short of proper technique.

There are lots of ways to do this, but that elevated muzzle and brisk operation of the ejector rod are important.

At one point he flicks the cylinder closed like he's an actor in a prewar Hollywood hard boiled detective flick, which is a big red flag. I thought that knowing that the Sam Spade Snap wasn't good for the gun was a thing that had filtered out to the general consciousness of gun culture, but apparently not.

Lastly, homie's grip is a soup sandwich, not riding his hand up to the prawl on the backstrap.

A lot of people are blaming this low grip for his complaints about the wood stocks on the 856 Executive Grade hurting his thumb, but they're wrong. Yeah, his grip is a mess, but those walnut stocks are poorly shaped and beat up the base knuckle of my thumb, too. I mentioned it in my review for RECOIL: Concealment. They should bump the price ten bucks and toss a set of their rubber or G10 grips in the case with the gun. Save the walnut ones for barbecues.