By Grant Cunningham
In this excerpt from the Gun Digest booklet of the Revolver, supply Cunningham exhibits how one can reload your revolver with one hand. This emergency procedure is necessary to grasp if you happen to hold a hid revolver for self-defense.
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The cleaner is still effective without the acetone, but it is not as fast-acting. There isn’t anything in Ed’s Red which chemically dissolves copper fouling in rifle bores, but it does a better job removing carbon and primer residue than anything else which is safe and commonly available. Numerous users have told me, that exclusive use of ER reduces copper deposits, because it removes the old impacted powder fouling which is left by other cleaners, which reduces the abrasion and adhesion of jacket metal to the bore surface, leaving a cleaner surface condition which reduces subsequent fouling.
Rotate the gun to close and latch the cylinder. Again, don’t flip the cylinder closed! Important points Having the gun butt in contact with the body makes it easy to ‘walk’ the hand over the gun to perform the necessary functions. Without doing that, the gun has to be juggled in the hand, making it more likely that the gun will be dropped. By bringing the butt into contact with the body you stabilize it, making it possible to reach any part of the gun easily. Use that solid contact to your advantage!
The rationale is that you might be injured during a fight and not have the full use of both your hands. Given the difficulty of reloading a revolver with two hands, you can see the problem when there’s only one! Note that I didn’t say that this is a ‘vital’ skill, or absolutely necessary, as the times in which one would be forced to operate their revolver with a single hand during a fight are quite rare. Because of that reality I don’t think you should spend an inordinate amount of time practicing this stuff, but you should do it occasionally just so that you have, in the back of your mind, a grounding of the skill.
Gun Digest's One-Hand Revolver Reloading Concealed Carry eShort by Grant Cunningham