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Evolving revolver development a big chunk of handgun sales

Things keep happening in the revolver world despite the fact that most handgun sales and use in recent times involve semi-autos. Statistics indicate that somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 to 25 percent of handgun sales/use involves revolvers.

CLAUDE GERALD USES the Lyman Eye Pal in conjunction with his Colt Officers Model Match revolver in .38 Special.

Although the 20 to 25 percent is a minority, given the huge numbers of handguns extant, it still represents a big chunk of the action.

I was corresponding some time ago with old friend Carl Cupp, who many in Southern California remember as “Mr. Pad” at Pachmayr and also as a really avid duck hunter. Among other things, Carl is General Manager, Pachmayr Division with Lyman – the company that happens to make a shooting aid called the Eye Pal.

The Eye Pal is a small disk with a tiny hole in the middle that goes on shooting glasses. It helps when shooting open sights in the same way that an aperture in a peep sight helps make the front sight appear sharper (the smaller the aperture hole, the more pronounced the effect).

Shooting buddy Claude Gerald does a lot of handgun shooting. He volunteered to check out the Eye Pal and found that it works fine. However, it takes a little moving around of the disk on the glasses to get it in exactly the right spot. Once in the right spot on the lens of shooting glasses, the Eye Pal does its job. Front sight appears sharper, which means more precise bullet placement.

LYMAN EYE PAL affixes to shooting glasses, providing a small aperture to help see open sights better.

This can aid shooters of all ages, but is particularly helpful for some of us who are long in the tooth (if we have any teeth left at all). There is something special when fine old firearms can keep shooting tight groups. Check out the Eye Pal if the front sight is getting fuzzy.

On the ammo front, Remington recently announced the introduction of their Performance Wheelgun line of ammo for revolvers. It’s nice to see that some of the old favorites are included in the line. Cartridges in Remington’s Wheelgun line include .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long, .357 Mag., .38 S&W, .38 Special, .38 Short Colt, .44 S&W Special and .45 Colt.

Although it is handy to have .357 Mag, .38 Special, .44 S&W Special and .45 Colt in this Remington lineup, those cartridges are not as difficult to find in some stores as are the others.

I get good responses from readers whenever I mention .32s, and so both the .32 S&W and .32 S&W Long are interesting to have as standard offerings in this line. Those two cartridges fit into a huge number of old, fun guns to shoot. Recoil and noise are low, enjoyment high. And, there also are a lot of revolvers out there chambered for the .38 S&W and a fair number marked to shoot the .38 Short Colt.

So, a big “Thank You” goes out to Remington for remembering revolver shooters during this era of semi-autos. There is room in the gun world for all – the more the merrier.

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