A vast majority of people who carry concealed carry some variation of the .38-special snubnose revolver. There are a lot of reasons for this: its portability, simplicity, stopping power-to-weight ratio, etc. And then there are a slightly smaller subset of the defensive community (like myself) who use or even prefer the revolver for the distinct virtues it has as a platform.
If either one of these is the case for you, then you may have noticed the profound lack of solid revolver training materials available from the gun press today.
While there are a handful of books and instructors who comprise the exception to this rule, generally speaking the professional firearms community at large tends toward space-age plastics and high-capacity semi-automatic pistols. While there is nothing wrong with either of these, we wheelgunners very often end up being left out in the cold.
But no more.
Seeing the need for quality defensively-oriented training for revolvers that doesn’t involve flying out of state, I’ve been working for a few months now to provide a couple of different resources for my fellow wheelgunners.
The first is an ongoing series of blog posts over at my personal blog, The Gentleman Adventurer. The series of posts is entitled The Way of the Wheelgun and is intended to cover the gamut of revolver training issues, from sound revolver techniques to the general defensive mindest.
The second is a related Youtube Channel, also entitled wayofthewheelgun. This brand-new Youtube channel already has a number of videos uploaded on the fundamentals of the defensive revolver, and new videos will be uploaded on a weekly basis.
It’s my hope that the combination of these training tools will result in a concealed-carry community that is better prepared and more focused on practical, reality-based training. It’s a rough world out there. Keep your powder dry.
Richard W. Rohlin is a shootist, aspiring warrior, and wheelgun aficionado. His permanent home is the Gentleman Adventurer, a thrice-weekly blog on all things manly.