Recently, I decided to drag the .22 caliber S&W Model 63 out of the safe to help give me a restart on the fundamentals of double-action revolver shooting; stance, grip, trigger control, and sight picture. This is something that I do periodically, but likely not often enough. I have an arthritic strong-side hand; the .22 removes recoil from being a painful distraction during the re-learning process. Lately I have had the luxury of going to the range once a week but I probably will soon drop that down to once a month; I dunno if that will be often enough to get to the proficiency that I desire. We shall see.
The cartridges used for this session are from a box that is at least twenty-years-old. Thirty-five of the thirty-six rounds did fire on the first try while one cartridge required a second whack.
Up until now I have been limiting my practice sessions to plus-or-minus thirty-rounds, with around ten-rounds fired at each of three B-27 silhouette targets at distances of five-yards, seven-yards, and ten-yards (without coincidence, the qualifying distances for Illinois Concealed Carry, which I completed back in June). For this session I switched to a different style of target. In the future, I won't be completely giving up the B-27 silhouette targets, but I do think I'll be doing more of my practice with this alternative style of target, a design which I feel gives me more focus and feedback on my shooting. Overall, each sheet is the size of a B-27 but there are six target areas per sheet and the scoring area on each circular target ends at the outside edge of the six-ring, giving each target a ten-inch diameter.
Above, six rounds slow-fire, double-action.
Above, all six rounds slow-fire double-action. A bit better.
Above, all double action, three rounds slow-fire and the three rounds semi-rapid-fire.
Above, all six rounds slow-fire double-action.
Above, slow-fire double-action.
SESSION SUMMARY NOTES:
I may switch out the Model-63 classic splinter-grips (stocks) for boot-grips identical to those on my J-frame .38 carry revolvers.
Shooting is still fun.
I need more practice.
Life is good.