Single-Handed Revolver

Last time, I explained a drill for reloading a semi-auto pistol with one hand. However, not everyone carries a semi-auto. Some people prefer the reliability of a wheelgun.


Loading a revolver with one hand is similar to loading a pistol; you still have to drop the empty cases, reach for spare cartridges, load the gun and close the action to get back into the fight, but there are few twists.


The main twists are dropping the empty cases and filling the cylinder with fresh cartridges. Most of us use one hand to hold the gun while using the other eject and reload , but in the current example, one hand is disabled. The trick to loading a revolver with one hand is control. You have to be able to move your hand around multiple times without dropping the gun.


The only way I’ve found to manipulate a revolver for a one-handed reload is by pressing the gun against my body when relocating my hand on the gun. After opening the cylinder, I press the grip against my side—at all times keeping the barrel pointed in a safe direction—before moving my thumb around and into the open cylinder. Then, I reach my fingers around the frame to press the ejector rod. Once the cases have dropped free, I spin the gun in my hand and stick it into the holster, or into my belt, with the grip facing forward keeping the cylinder on the outside. From there, I load the gun and twist my arm to grip the handle so I can draw and flip the cylinder closed—this should only be done in training or a real-life situation—before returning to the target.


As with all training drills, be sure to use dummy ammunition, especially when the training that is more about gun manipulation than shooting.


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3 Responses to Single-Handed Revolver

Stan wrote:
June 18, 2012

The semi-auto technique is fairly simple. However, the revolver technique requires much more dexterity. Good to know, since I prefer a modern DA revolver to a jam-amatic... because when a mag spring fails the gun is going to have a FTF. Tap-Rack-Bang isn't good enough, if an adversary has you zeroed in that split second.

Paul Rackley wrote:
November 10, 2010

These are drills simulating an injury during a fight. The whole point is to know how to do this before its required in a life and death situation.

Richard wrote:
November 03, 2010

What is the point here? Is this for a handicapped or wounded shooter? How about a single action revolver?