Originally Posted by KJS
I'm not sure how snap caps would help one learn to safely load & unload a revolver. Other than pointing it in an unsafe direction (like at me!) revolvers seem pretty much idiot proof with regard to loading/unloading.
I'm a relative novice who has always shot SA.
Originally Posted by TMD
Nothing is idiot proof. Everytime something comes along that seems idiot proof, someone becomes a bigger idiot.
Idiot/bigger idiot here, chiming in to share a learning experience.
While practicing drawing a firing my S&W 65-2 with some dummies made by a friend of mine, I came damn close to messing up. Badly.
He'd filled the primer pockets with some sort of bright blue polymer/plasticine material, and loaded them with bullets of the same.
I ejected the live ammo, and loaded the dummies. I drew and "fired" 5 times. Then out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a bright blue dummy sitting on the dresser. Next to 5 live rounds. Popped the cylinder open and saw 5 dummies. With one live round.
My next shot was going to shatter the full length mirror I was practicing in front of, and very likely could have hit my (now ex) wife in the next room.
Looking back now and knowing she was in the next room talking on the phone with her boyfriend, maybe... nevermind.
Point is, practicing ejecting and loading is relevant. And NOT idiot proof. I'd had an incomplete ejection. Likely due to the fact that I'd only pushed the ejector enough to shake the live rounds into my hand, and then was being NEGLIGENT in making sure the gun was clear before loading the dummies. Being further NEGLIGENT in not noticing that "one of these things is not like the others". My friend had used bright blue material specifically to avoid such a scenario. Practicing loading and unloading is even more relevant if you introduce an added variable such as a speedloader, as someone else has already mentioned.
I was shaken to the bone. Ejected ALL ammunition, counted all 12 rounds several times, then counted six lives several times, six dummies several times, put the dummies in my desk drawer and the lives in my ammo can, the gun in the top of the closet, and went for a long walk.
You admitted you're a relative novice. I was not. I'd owned and shot that revolver for a few years and others before it. I'd spent 4 years in the Marine Corps infantry. Before that, I'd grown up around guns and got my first when I was only 6 years old, a Marlin model 60.
Practicing even such a simple task is still important, and I STILL practice it now. Granted, with different guns these days, but I still practice it.