LefthandRevolver ? ever wonder why the loading gate on most of your single action revolvers is on the right? Handling a gun that is configured this way causes us to transition from right to left hand to load and unload our six shooters. Originally the six-gun was designed for left-handed shooters whether the designer realized it or not. Samuel Colt was left handed and so was Bill Ruger. When Ruger redesigned the Colt single action revolver he continued the southpaw tradition.
So, here we are today. If you shoot with your right hand you then must place the revolver frame in your left using your right hand to open the loading gate then if it's a Colt bringing the hammer to half-cock. Then with the frame in your left hand you eject fired cartridges with the right. All while rotating the cylinder with your left thumb and forefinger. Almost repeating the procedure for Loading. Except now you're dropping cartridges in the cylinder with the right hand as you turn it with the left. For safety sake, when loading a Colt single action, you insert a cartridge, skip a chamber, fill the next four, close the loading gate. Then change the revolver grip back to your right hand for safer control when you bring the hammer to full cock to then lower it on the empty chamber,
I like the Ruger version because you don't have to do the half-cock skip one cartridge trick. You can also safely load six cartridges. You can load six in a Colt as-well. BUT, going from half-cock to fully-cocked slips will count, possibly a-lot, DON'T DO IT.
What do you think?Yours, Jeffrey
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