To begin, Michael highlights the Taurus 692. Michael says it’s not that often that he stumbles on a gun that surprises him, but the Taurus 692 did just that. It’s a cool gun, he says. An extension of the Taurus Tracker line, this revolver is multi-caliber and great for everyday carry with a 3-inch barrel. The most interesting part of this gun is obviously the multi-caliber capability. At the press of the button you can swap out cylinders allowing you to shoot 38 Special +P/357 Magnum or 9mm Luger with moon clips. Michael says the ability to change calibers is fantastic and the 9mm gives you a lot of versatility because it is such a common caliber. With a 7-round capacity it’s great for everyday carry, home defense or range shooting. In addition, it handles and shoots extremely well. The Taurus 692 is a revolver that Michael says he’s excited about and one folks should check out. Next, he highlights the Ruger Super GP100. Michael says that the 8-shot competition pistol is about the frame size of a Ruger Redhawk, just slightly smaller and every point on the gun has been very specifically designed. He talks about the shrouded barrel with cuts that many may think are for aesthetics, however they actually exist to balance the front of the gun making it feel neutral in your hand. Furthermore, he looks at the cut of the cylinder and explains how the design makes for a lighter cylinder, almost like that of a titanium cylinder. The advantage of a titanium cylinder is that they don’t weigh as much, don’t have as much mass and afford you to have a better double action trigger. However, titanium isn’t without its pitfalls. First and foremost, Michael says it’s very difficult to machine and it’s also porous. Because it’s porous, when titanium gets hot, brass cases will stick in the cylinder. So, with precise cutting on the cylinder Ruger was able to get the benefits of a light cylinder without having to machine one out of titanium.
Revolver or semi-auto, what’s your preference? There are a lot of opinions in internet land about which platform is better. Revolvers are often touted as being more reliable, less apt to malfunction and easier to use than their semi-automatic counterparts. Michael says much of what you see or hear is a myth, the truth is one isn’t “better” than the other. Semi-autos and revolvers are apples and oranges – they are just different. Michael says that semi-autos may require a little more from the shooter to maintain and take apart and because all semi-autos run a little differently, owners are obligated to learn the manual of arms. Revolvers have more of a point and click interface, so while the “operation” may be simpler Michael also notes that they are often harder to shoot. This is especially true of a double action revolver because of the long trigger pull. Michael cites expert shooter Jerry Miculek as he talks about double action revolvers and explains how the trigger works in more of a circular motion rather than pulling straight back or pressing to the rear. He says it’s almost like a bicycle stroke, your finger doesn’t stop moving and that can be more difficult to learn. Focusing on sights and target acquisition with a revolver are best practiced by dry firing. Michael says that dry firing with a double action revolver is a necessity because of everything that happens during that stroke. When there are a lot of things happening, Michael says it’s easy to see your sights drift elsewhere. The only way to train yourself to run the trigger and keep the sights on point is to dry fire. Citing the advice from another shooting pro, George Harris, Michael says to test how good your dry fire is, stand one inch from a wall and focus on your front sight. Squeeze the trigger all the way through and you will be able to tell if the sight moves. Based on that, you can better train and improve your skillset.
If you are teaching a child, Michael says a revolver can be a good place to start because of its simplicity. He talks about his humble beginnings on a Ruger Bearcat single action .22 and why this caliber is such a great place to start. Not only is the ammunition incredibly affordable, but the .22 allows new shooters to figure out sight picture and how to press the trigger to the rear without jerking the shot off target. Another important aspect to remember when training new shooters is to emphasize the importance of using hearing protection, the reason is two-fold. Ear muffs, ear plugs, and other forms of hearing protection offer the benefit of safeguarding your hearing from loud and potentially damaging effects. In addition, the use of ear protection helps disconnect the sound from the gun and as a result many people say they feel less recoil. Michael says three things go into what we perceive as recoil – the actual movement of the gun, your reaction to the flash and also your reaction to the noise. So, by reducing the audible “bang” from the gun, Michael says many shooters also feel less recoil. The same thing holds true with suppressors. Because suppressors control the noise and muzzle flash, they reduce overall felt recoil and as a whole, that can have a positive impact on the shooter and their accuracy.
Listen in as Michael Bane joins The Revolution to talk new pistols, semi-autos vs revolvers, tips for instructing new shooters and much more.
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