The sheer volume of concealed carry pistols available on the market is incredibly impressive. Newer and more streamlined automatic pistols are debuting at an incredible frequency. Has the semi-automatic pistol marked an end for the traditional revolver? Not really as snubnose revolvers are still very popular for concealed carry. Revolvers are, honestly, very easy to learn how to use and they are even easier to clean and care for. Revolvers do come with a few performance issues that could be smoothed out during a concealed carry course. Enrolling in the course before buying a gun might make things even less difficult for the soon-to-be concealed carrier.
The Rental Option
Someone who has not already purchased a snubnose revolver rent a revolver for the concealed carry course. Mostly all firing ranging rent firearms since rentals are perfect "test drives" for consumers. The rental option helps the student/buyer in several ways such as:
- Controlling the Recoil
Snubnose revolvers are known for their recoil. Controlling the recoil is improved dramatically by properly holding the revolver and maintaining the right positioning with the arms and body. Still, there may be issues with the weight of the revolver. An instructor is sure to assist with posture, grip, and stance improvements. A light-framed .38 special still could kick dramatically. The instructor could recommend a heavier option such as a .357 and shooting compatible .38 special loads.
- Selecting Hammer or Hammerless
The classic snubnose -- while easy to use -- does come with drawbacks. The hammer on the revolver may end up snagging on a pocket or part of a jacket. This ends up hampering the ability to draw the weapon. If the student is unable to properly draw the revolver, the instructor could lead him/her to purchase a streamlined model without a hammer. Hammerless revolvers have been around since at least the late 19th century and they are intended to provide a simple solution to drawing a snubnose. Of course, the instructor may be able to work out the issues contributing to the snags, a problem that might be due to a minor performance error on the part of the student.
- Overcoming Accuracy Problems
Not everyone has a budget for the perfect weapon. Perhaps the only option for these persons would be a very old revolver that comes with a low price tag. Old-time concealed carry revolvers from the early 20th century may still work, but their design is notorious for accuracy issues. A good instructor could work through some of those issues and help the shooter get the most out of an aged revolver.
Enrolling in a concealed carry course, like one offered by Nebraska Personal Defense, could lead to performance improvements in many areas. That alone is a huge endorse for those who love the traditional snubnose revolver.