tAFFin’S trAnquility tipS parT ii ast month we looked at the old adage “Vee Grow Too Soon Oldt Und Too Late Schmardt.” And I pointed out when I went through my life-saving operation more than 2 years ago my doctor cautioned me afterwards to do everything I could to avoid stress and went from there to point out some things that definitely reduce stress. We continue with that thought and some more things I have learned to make everything we do just a little easier. For positive extraction of empty cases from a double-action revolver, point the muzzle skyward, open the cylinder and push the extractor rod with authority. This will also prevent empty cases from working their way under the star of the extractor. It is very easy to get into a “bad habit” of carefully removing spent cartridges to save them for reloading. However, it is a proven fact that how we train is how we will react. If a double-action revolver is used for concealed carry and self-defense, it is a good idea to always unload spent cartridges this way when practicing or plinking so it will be ingrained and followed naturally if we are ever in a serious situation. A spent cartridge stuck under the extractor star will cause real problems in a bad situation. When firing a revolver, the gases emitted from the barrel-cylinder gap will rip open sandbags. A piece of lightweight leather placed over the bags will prevent this and prevent being unwelcome at the local shooting range. I shoot a lot of singleaction sixguns and over the years have learned some things about handling them. To load a traditional single action, load the first chamber, rotate the cylinder skipping the 82 next chamber, load four more, pull the hammer all the way back to the full cock and allow it to go forward gently on the empty chamber which is now in the proper position. Practice with dummy rounds. USiNG SiNGle actioNS Single-action sixguns with the traditional half-cock notch will often lock up if the hammer is allowed to go forward from the half cock. This can also cause cylinder “ringing” which is the inscribed line around a cylinder through the bolt notches. Instead, pull the hammer back all the way to full-cock notch, and then allow it to go forward. I see all kinds of contortions gone through by those trying to unload the traditional single action. I can’t tell you the best way, but I can relay what works best for me. The loading gate is opened, the hammer is brought back to the half-cock notch, the revolver is then placed in my left hand, which cradles the tip of the hammer and the backstrap. With my right-hand I work the ejector rod with the barrel pointed downrange and slightly upwards. This drops all of the empties into my cradled left hand. The above works fine in a normal, enjoyable shooting session. However, if the .45 single action is used as a self-defense sixgun, things change. The cylinder should never be allowed to run dry but rather should be “topped off.” Instead of holding the sixgun in front of me at waist level I want it higher so I can see what is going on as I am unloading and reloading. After firing one or two rounds, hold the sixgun just below eye level as an empty is ejected and immediately replaced with a loaded round. Tuff Strips hold loaded cartridges in a rubber strip and allow easy loading of one cartridge at a time. If the .45 single action happens to be chambered for the .45 ACP, a continued on page 81 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • FEBRUARY 2014 L When loading the SAA (above), load one, skip one, and load four more. Lower the hammer over the empty chamber. Unloading the doubleaction sixgun by holding it vertically (below) will prevent case heads from catching under the ejector rod star.