Shooting Snub Nose Revolver

Shooting Snub Nose Revolver are challenging to shoot well at first, but they don’t have to stay that way. Today we’re looking at some tips for shooting a snub nose better.

Challenges Of The Snub Nose

Snubbies are among the most difficult guns to master. They are a devious combination of four traits, any one of which make a handgun challenging to shoot.

  1. Sights: they’re usually small and hard to see with a short sight radius.
  2. Recoil: Snubbies are designed to be as light and concealable as possible, and they’re often chambered for cartridges originally designed for full-size service revolvers
  3. Trigger: They tend to be heavy with a long travel
  4. Grip: They’re typically small with minimal surface area and that only amplifies all of the other three problems.

When we try to address these four issues, another challenge we run into is that there are not many one-size-fits-all solutions for the snub nose. You really have to tweak the gear and techniques depending on the individual, maybe even more so than with other types of handguns. Hand geometry is a major variable from person to person. And some people might value concealment over shootability or vice versa. So I’m going to give some very broad suggestions for hardware selection and shooting technique. But there are a lot of other valid ways to approach the snub nose.

Snub Nose Sights

Let’s look at the issue of sights first. The sights on most snubbies are garbage, and there’s really not a whole lot we can do about it. There are a few exceptions, but if you want a lightweight 2-inch snub nose, your sight options are generally between bad and worse.

Some models come with a pinned front so you can swap those out for a high-visibility aftermarket sight. Those are usually too tall to use a conventional sight picture. So I typically just use the factory front sight and add some bright orange nail polish.

There are plenty of types of paints and nail polish colors that work just fine. A lot of you guys have asked me what I use. For the last seven or eight years, I’ve been using this same bottle from the brand Salon Perfect. It’s nothing special – I got it at a drugstore or big box store or something. But it works really well. The key here is to apply a couple of base coats of white first. When you add the orange, the white will help it really pop.

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