Quote of the day

(Note: I can’t actually find a source for this, but it sounds like something he’d say).

“A good trigger job gets a revolver where it will be all by itself after about 3000 rounds.” – Jerry Miculek

There’s a lot to be said for that, actually.  I have known shooters who bought a new gun, fired maybe 200 rounds through it, and then sent it off to #GUNSMITH to have the trigger “worked on”.  The problem of course was that the trigger itself hadn’t worn in yet, so you’re just wasting money at that juncture, especially if it’s a relatively factory/stock gun.

My favorite action job for any gun, either one I’m going to carry, or one I’m going to shoot competitively is the same – shoot the gun a lot, and dry fire the gun a lot.  With a revolver, you could easily reach 3000 dry fires in a month’s time – just do it 100 times a day, every day for a month and bam, there’s your poor man’s action job right there.  The added benefit of dry firing a revolver repeatedly is that you’ll start yourself on the road to some monster Popeye forearms while you’re at it.

Dry firing is also a cheap and effective way to practice your shooting skill set.  In the safety and comfort of your own home, you can practice everything except for recoil control and follow up shots.  That means when you get to the range, you can focus your shooting time on those skills, because you will have spent all your “not-shooting” time practice sight alignment, trigger control, presentations from the holster, magazine changes, etc.  A few snap caps and some free time around the house go a long way towards developing your skill set.

1 Comment

  1. I hope he has some wisdom on mainsprings, too. I’m sick of buying revolvers only to swap out the spring for one that will actually hit hard enough to detonate a primer.

    Maybe people won’t listen to me about trigger jobs, but they’ll probably listen to Jerry Miculek.

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