Taking Stock(s)

Sheriff Jim says to be careful when choosing accessories for your gun.

posted on March 24, 2023
Sheriff Jim Wilson

One of the internet groups that I enjoy visiting is pretty much all about DA (double action) revolvers. I really enjoy seeing the wide variety of aftermarket stocks that are available for today’s revolvers, and it is interesting to see the number of folks who select their stocks because they look cool. Now, in a way, I suppose we all are attracted to a particular set of handgun stocks because they look good. But, hopefully, we do quite a bit more investigating before we plunk down the cash. Using defensive revolvers as an example, here are three things that I would check out before I put a particular set of stocks on a carry gun.

The first question should be, “Do the stocks fit my hand and actually aid in a proper grip on the revolver?” The defensive handgun should be centered in the shooting hand so that there is a straight line from the gun muzzle, through the shooting hand and along the shooter’s forearm. At the same time, the shooter needs to be able to engage the trigger with the first joint of the trigger finger.

Secondly, I would want to know that this set of stocks was relieved enough on the left side so that I could use my chosen brand of speedloader. Stock manufacturers have gotten better about accommodating different styles of speedloaders, but it needs to be checked out, not assumed. In that connection, we might also want to know how easily a set of stocks might be modified to accept our favorite speed loader should that be our only option.

Finally, it is important that the revolver stocks be comfortable and actually an aid to good double-action shooting. In my case, I want my revolver stocks to be smooth—absolutely no checkering. I find the checkering to be uncomfortable and it doesn’t allow me to shift the gun in my hand for a more secure grip. Years ago, Bill Jordan showed me that we don’t always get exactly the right grip on the gun when working with speed. However, with practice and smooth stocks, we can learn to shift that gun for the proper grip.

And here is one final tip since we are talking about accessories for DA revolvers. When changing springs, or altering springs, always be sure to test fire the gun with your carry ammo after the change. And do it in the double-action shooting mode since the DA hammer fall is always a bit lighter than the single action. Various brands of primers have varying hardness so it is important to know that a specific brand of ammo will work with the chosen spring setup. Getting a click when you really need a bang can sure ruin your day.

A particular accessory might look good or sound like a good idea, but we should always check it out and try it out before we bet our life on it. Take the time to do due diligence, you won’t regret it.


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