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How to Load A Revolver? (Single & Double Action Guns)

How to Load A Revolver
Written by Erik Himmel

Are you interested in revolvers these days? Then, you must be looking for some training sessions to put your revolver in working condition. But have you tried some theoretical help before you can initiate the practical training? Not yet? Then we recommend reading this article for knowing some of the basics regarding, “how to load a revolver”.

The process of loading a revolver is not very difficult. A little practice can help you in becoming an expert. But a word of caution here! Make sure that you have not pointed your revolver towards anyone as a simple mistake can injure someone. We hope that you realize the importance of careful loading of your gun, so this article can actually take you a step ahead in giving some basic information. This is because we want you to learn but without compromising on the safety.

How to Load a Revolver?

Basics of loading a revolver

Loading a revolver is not complex but you will definitely have to follow some specific steps to keep the entire process safe for you and the ones that are in your close proximity. Going through the basic guidelines can be helpful in this regard, so do not take these guidelines lightly. Any of these tips can save you from a severe injury. Some of the precautions that you must take in this regard include:

  • You must not load a revolver unless you are sure that you can risk taking the bold step of firing it.
  • Make sure no one is close enough while loading your gun as it can be dangerous
  • Don’t keep a loaded gun even at any safe place because you never know who can trigger it mistakenly or even you might forget about the loaded gun, so don’t take this risk ever.
  • Even while loading, keep yourself, especially your hands protected by following the right kind of procedure.

The type of revolver that you possess is also important while considering the safety guidelines of your revolver. This is because the specific procedure for loading each of the guns is slightly different, so make sure to look for the specific guidelines of your revolver. When we say different, it does not mean that the answer to “how to load a revolver” is understandable. It simply means you need to remain a focus for learning and gain the most from the expert advice.

Single action and the double action revolver are the two types of the revolver. And here we have discussed specific steps for each of these revolver types.

A Single-Action Gun

There can be different steps involved in revolver loading and you must take care of each of the steps in order to remain on the safe side. Dealing with the cylinder, checking the chamber, and loading it are some of the specific steps for loading a single-action gun.

how to load a revolver a single action gun

Deal with the cylinder

Dealing with the cylinder is one of the most important steps in the revolver loading process. There can be two ways of doing so, depending upon the type of gun under consideration. The procedure for both methods has been described below.

What if the cylinder swings out?

In this case, you will find a release button on the left side just behind the cylinder. You can find this button if you will hold your gun with the right hand. Just under your thumb.  Pressing it will swing your cylinder out on the left side. Whatever you do, remeber to abide by the safety rules of dealing with a firearm.

What if the cylinder swings out

What to do with a revolver with a trap door/loading gate?

If your gun works with a loading gate, then you will have to open it. You will find it at the back of the cylinder and in this case, you must expect the movement towards the right. So, be ready if it is your first experience. For spinning your cylinder freely, putting your hammer back to the half-cock position will be necessary.

Check the chamber

Now comes, the step for checking the chamber. Make sure that your chamber is clear from the previous rounds. But for doing this, you must ensure that checking it from the rear of the cylinder. In most of the cases, you can use the ejector provided in the revolver for emptying the previous round of bullets or used cartridges.

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Now, load the gun and make it ready

In case you are using the gun with a loading gate, then you can only load one if the bullets at a time. Keep on revolving the chamber for inserting each bullet. In the other style of gun, you can fill in all the slots together. Only five bullets must be inserted in the chamber with hammer lowered on the unloaded chamber to ensure safety. You can swing the cylinder back so it can adjust with the frame.

A Double-Action Gun

If you are the owner of a double action gun then you are at the right section of this article. Here is how to deal with the double action gun.

  • Don’t forget the safety procedure
  • Use your right hand to free the latch of the cylinder
  • You can use your middle fingers to open the cylinder
  • Put in bullets in each chamber.
  • Once done, rotate the cylinder back into the frame with the middle fingers of your left hand.
  • Ensure that the hammer is down if you are not using it.

Here we have discussed the procedure for loading the single action gun and the double action gun. You would have observed that the procedure is not complex but it is definitely technical for the beginners. You would not like to risk your safety because you are unaware of how to load a gun. Make sure you read these guidelines and abide by them, so the next time you will load your gun, you will be sure that you know the right technique and you can handle the entire process safely.

About the author

Erik Himmel

A Part-Time Firearm Instructor

Hi, this is Erik. We all know firearms are dangerous, but only when one doesn’t know how to use and care for them. I have 15+ years of experience with different types of guns and for the last 10 years, I have taught numerous people how to hold and shoot a gun while staying safe and keeping the surroundings unharmed. My neighbors are some of my biggest admirers who enjoy talking to me about their guns, firearms safety and maintenance.

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