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Practice trigger squeeze/control with
"TV sessions," periods spent in front of
the screen dry-firing. Just unload first.

Sticks aren't burdensome to carry, and they
offer the hunter a good, solid rest-and
they are quickly and easily deployed with
practice. A rest should always be considered where available, as it can increase your
success rate exponentially.
You can practice without breaking
your bank or your wrists. Sessions don't
have to be long on time and ammunition.
Focus on your first shot as this is always
the most critical when hunting. You don't
need to be able to put strings of shots
together in one hole at  yards. But you
should be able to put one bullet in your
intended target the first try.
What I am going to talk about now
should be considered serious and useful
advice. Practice should not be limited to
the range, particularly if you are like most
of us in that you have a life that is chaotic,
short on time and long on work, and not
conducive to frequent trips to the range.
Burning powder is good, but dry-firing is
also a great exercise to get you in shape
for the hunt. Keep in mind that some
revolvers will require snap caps to perform
this practice regimen (contact the manufacturer for recommendations). Trigger
squeeze/control is the name of the game
here. A jerked trigger will throw shots way
off target. Muscle memory requires time
on the trigger, and there is no way around
this if you want to be a successful handgun hunter. I get in front of the television
(much to the chagrin of my wife), and I
practice my trigger squeeze by dry-firing.
Even the dogs look at me like I am crazy
(they are very intuitive). Perform so many
repetitions that your shots-all of them-
become mechanical and devoid
of emotion. This will help you
when you have the buck of a
lifetime in your sights.
One more thing: Smallcaliber revolvers are good for
practice as well. No need to
assault your senses and abuse
your body all the time. Low

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I have managed to shoot a number of sub-1 inch five-shot groups off the bench.
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recoil will allow you to perform and analyze your fundamentals, and practice that
critical trigger squeeze.

Sighting Options

Your eyes (and age, subsequently) will play
a large role in helping you choose a sighting system for your revolver. I am not a big
fan of scopes on revolvers. The eye relief
is just too great for me and the wobble
all shooters exhibit is greatly exaggerated
when peering through a scope with some
magnification. I understand the appeal-
a good rest and a variable-power scope
make those long shots doable. But that's
not why I got into handgun hunting. I like
to get close. It's just a personal preference.
I really like red dot sights, as
they are very hard to beat in
low light. The downside is that
they rely on batteries to function and could leave you high

and dry in the field. I carry spares just in
case, but I am happy to report that I have
never experienced such a failure on a hunt.
For the purist, open iron sights are the
only way to fly. Some of my revolvers will
never, ever be fitted with an optic. This is
purely aesthetic for me, but I also love the
fact an iron-sighted revolver can sit in a
holster and not be intrusive in any way
yet can be pressed into action quickly as
a result.
Now I would like you to go back and
reexamine your regimen. Remember
that practice is absolutely critical and
that practice can be performed in the
comfort of your home. Trigger control
is of absolute importance to making first
shots on game. What are you waiting
for? Practice, you will be better for it and
reap the rewards of knowing that you successfully chose the harder path to hunting
prosperity. ah

ÍÍ Max Prasac is the author of Gun Digest Book of Ruger Revolvers: The
Definitive History and Big-Bore Revolvers. Both books are available from
Gun Digest Books; gundigeststore.com.

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