Revolver Tip: Stage Double-Action Triggers For A Single-Action Pull

Revolver Tip: Stage Double-Action Triggers for a Single-Action Pull
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Skilled double-action revolver shooters almost never cock the gun and shoot it single action. They don’t have to take that extra time or shift their grip on the gun; they can stage the double-action trigger to deliver a light single-action pull. There is a point near the end of the double-action pull when the cylinder locks into the bolt stop and is now in alignment with the barrel. At this point you have a single-action trigger pull. You can feel this lock up, and the trigger is “staged. ” This is best learned via dry-fire practice, and it doesn’t take long to learn. This is, of course, a departure from the live trigger technique. But, it’s a variation that can come in handy if you are faced with targets out beyond 30 yards, or with very tight shots around “no shoot” targets. It will give you time to refine your sights to a perfect sight picture while sacrificing little in the way of speed.