Using Opposing Thumb on Single Action

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Using Opposing Thumb on Single Action

#1 Post by tonguengroover » Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:52 pm

I have never tried cocking and rapid shooting using the opposing thumb myself but have seen it on some videos. If you are experienced in the method is it faster? Looks faster. I guess it would need a lot of practice to get away from my cocking normally. Any tips would be appreciated.
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Re: Using Opposing Thumb on Single Action

#2 Post by wooglin » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:28 am

Which opposing thumb are you asking about? Not really clear.

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Re: Using Opposing Thumb on Single Action

#3 Post by Marlene » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:34 am

Both of my thumbs are opposable because evolution baby!
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Re: Using Opposing Thumb on Single Action

#4 Post by SubRosa » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:42 am

Marlene wrote:
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Both of my thumbs are opposable because evolution baby!
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#5 Post by tonguengroover » Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:27 am

Lol, thumb on opposite hand than trigger finger.
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Re: Using Opposing Thumb on Single Action

#6 Post by Wino » Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:40 am

Sometimes. It does seem to help regain target faster, but feels a bit awkward - for me.
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Re: Using Opposing Thumb on Single Action

#7 Post by eelj » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:03 pm

The SA was originally designed to be fired one handed. I find far better accuracy when firing 2 handed and thumb cocking with my weak hand thumb so my grip stays constant.

I think the design comes from the people it was designed for were generally mounted on a horse. If I am shooting a DA revolver SA I cock it the same.

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Re: Using Opposing Thumb on Single Action

#8 Post by wooglin » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:11 pm

tonguengroover wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:27 am
Lol, thumb on opposite hand than trigger finger.
When I introduce new shooters, I use a Ruger single six and teach two handed grip and cock with the weak hand thumb. Because that way the gun stays pointed down range while they cock it. That's also how I shoot. Can't speak to speed.

OTOH, there's a video or article out there somewhere about how the SA was designed for one handed shooting, and its the modern two handed grip that has taken us away from "proper" SA form.

Hence the question. :)

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#9 Post by tonguengroover » Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:16 pm

I'm going to practice dry firing I guess. How to pick up pistol points - Marine Corp Gazette
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Re: Using Opposing Thumb on Single Action

#10 Post by eelj » Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:15 pm

Having good grips that allow a proper hold so it doesn't roll up in the hand will result in better accuracy, having the gun roll up for cocking might make sense if mounted on a horse or carrying a sabre with the other hand but not for me. I also think thats why the gun was designed seemingly for lefties.

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