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Old March 13th, 2013, 07:40 PM   #1
 
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Single Action etiquette

Ok, so what is the proper etiquette for cocking a Single Action revolver:
With the thumb of the shooting hand alone

or

With the assistance of &/or solely with the off hand??



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Ok, so what is the proper etiquette for cocking a Single Action revolver:
With the thumb of the shooting hand alone

or

With the assistance of &/or solely with the off hand??
I was taught to cock the hammer with the weak hand so as to maintain the strong hand grip.

I you cock the hammer with the strong hand you will have to reposition your grip with each shot. This will prevent developing uniformity in grip, sight alignment and trigger control.
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From the holster to target in half a second is a good place to start.

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I was taught to cock the hammer with the weak hand so as to maintain the strong hand grip.

I you cock the hammer with the strong hand you will have to reposition your grip with each shot. This will prevent developing uniformity in grip, sight alignment and trigger control.
+1 on cocking with the weak hand, and for the exact reasons of having to break the strong hand grip, I chose a Super Blackhawk hammer for my Vaquero, it's spur is lower profile than the Blackhawk/Vaquero hammer and much easier to reach to cock the gun one-handed.

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No etiquette involved... Whatever works for you .

If I am shooting one handed (either left or right), I cock the hammer with that hand. When using a two hand hold, I usually cock the hammer with the hand not holding the revolver and visa-versa .
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Both of my New Vaquero's are Bisleys so the hammer is nice and low so it's easy to pull with my shooting hand. I have nerve damage in my left thumb so offhand shooting means I'm forced to use my other hand to pull the hammer. I much prefer using my strong hand thumb to cock the gun.
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Comes down to personal preference.
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Weak hand cocking gets my vote for the reasons already stated. No right or wrong way however and whichever way you go nobody can rightfully say you're doing it wrong. Go with whatever works best for you.
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Ok, so what is the proper etiquette for cocking a Single Action revolver:
With the thumb of the shooting hand alone

or

With the assistance of &/or solely with the off hand??
“Wow”, I did not know there was etiquette for cocking a single action revolver. You have to do what is comfortable and works for you. For me it depends if I’m shooting single or double handed. If you’re at a range where that, etiquette, is a major concern I think I would find a different range to shoot at.
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As opposed to bottom-feeders, I hardly think single actions will be of any tactical use anytime soon again. In my opinion, any kind of technique aside from how you grip the thing all comes down to how fast you want to be. Preference rather than etiquette is what is preached regarding single actions.
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I generally cock with my shooting hand, and haven't had many problems shooting decent groups. Do what feels best to you.
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