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Clint Smith REALITYCHECK ThE PISTol TM FIRST-PERSON THOUGHTS ON SURVIVING IN THE REAL WORLD Five Shot 327 ankle rig Spark’s Summer Special The hold is the same for auto or revolver. Clint uses the “PushPull” of both hands when possible to help stabilize and control the gun. Hands-down,up frontIcarrythe1911full-sizedgun.Ihave andcarry,butnotallatonce(ornotallat oncemostofthetime)aLesBaer,Jason Burton,DaveWilliams/Springfield,Luke VolkmannandaWilsonCombat.When IteachIusetheSpringfieldbecauseof therailanditsusefulnessinthelow-light terminatortacticalruns.theLukeVolkmann 1911isonmynightstandwithitsX300 light.theJasonBurtongunisasspecialas it’sverywelldone;andtheBaergunsarea softspotformeastheBaershophasmade goingon5,000thunderRanch1911s. S&W 325 Thunder Ranch .45 ACP Mdl. 327 .38/.357 Magnum Five Shot Leather IWB holSTErS Rosen IWB rig IuseaMiltSparks and consistency. 55BNmodelofaBruceNelsonIWBdesign andIhavedonesomostofthelast30years.I’veusedthisstyleofholstermorethananyothertypeinmy wholeshootingcareer.Ihavebothrailandnon-railversionsthatarecarriedstrongside,andaresupported byatleastthreetosixmagazinesdependingon,well,Idon’tknowwhatreasons.JohnRalstonofFive ShotLeathermakesmynewestcustomholsters,withtheexceptionofafewrealspecialMitchRosenrigs. For holsters, the key is quality Back ForTh grew up with revolvers and even though everyone tells me they are archaic I still like shooting them, and I never feel under-armed if I carry one. I like revolvers, and I especially like the big ones. A reader asked if I had trouble going from one type of action to the other so I thought I might give you an idea of what I carry, and why, and if I have any issues transitioning from auto to revolver — and back again. ThE rEvolvEr aNd NowadaysIcarryaS&W325and/orModel327revolver.the325isa 4"barreledgunmadeupfromthePerformanceCenterwithnohammerspurandthetriggeronlyworks inDAmode.theadjustablesightisreplacedbyafixedrear,andthegolddotfrontsightisJ-BWelded intotheslottokeepthethingfromfallingoutinactiveuse.the325isasix-shot.45ACPgunmadeupas thethunderRanchSpecial,andiscarriedinfullmoonclipsmodewithspareammothesame. the327isthe8-shotrevolverchamberedin.38/.357caliberswhichIuseintwoformats:a5" barrelandasmaller2"versionIuseasanankleorpocketgun.thesmallergunhasabobbedhammer spurandthesightsarethefixedkind.Icarrythe.38/.3578-shotspeedloadersbecausetheyare betterthanthecheesymoonthingsforthe8-shotguns.IntherevolvermodeIcarrythreetosixspeed loaders,moreoftenfavoringsixsimplybecauseapplyingthesystemunderduressIthinkImightdump someliveammunitionbyaccident.We’renotalwaysmarvelousunderstress. I ThE TraNSITIoN Idon’thaveaproblemtransitioningsinceIshootbothkindsof gunsalmosteveryday.Iseenoproblemfortheshooterotherthanstayingcurrent.Knowingonehasa differentkindoftrigger,yousimplyneedtotraintoyourgunathand. Carryingisnoissueforme.BothtypesarebasicallycarriedinSummerSpecialholstersandthe onlyotheroptionisanankleholsterfortherevolver,andit’smostoftenaback-upgun.Ifabackup guniscarriedIthinkitshouldbeshoteverytimeyougototherange.Itrytoshootacylinderortwo throughtheback-upguneachtimeIgo,mostlysoIrememberit’sinplace. loadING/SParE ammuNITIoN Ialwayscarryspareammoonboth sidesofthebodyinpouchesorinbothfrontpockets—justincase.thesemiautoreloadswiththe lefthandandarevolvercouldbeloadedwitheither,butIgenerallyholdtheopenedcylinderrevolver inthelefthandandloadwiththerighthand,butmuchofthisisover-engineered.youactuallyshould practiceloadingwithbothhands. ItransitionfromonetypetoanotherbecauseIcan.Ican’t saytheconceptisgoodforeveryone,thenagainnoteveryonetrains,andmostpeopledon’ttrainas muchastheydeclaretheydo.Mostpeoplesimplygototherangeandshoot.Shootingislikequalificationsforcops.Qualificationsarenottraining,theyarequalstopunchanadministrativeticket.trainingis anothercategorytodevelop,nurtureandacquireskills.Understandingthedifferencebetweenshooting andtrainingmightbemoreimportantthanwhetherIcarryasemiautoorarevolver.Both typesofgunsareviabletoolsinthehandsoftrainedpeople.Andthereinliestherub,eh? Clint feels transitioning from wheelguns to autos and back again is simply a matter of practice — simply do it. TraNSITIoN WhY? * For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/productindex.html 28 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2010

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