Taming a Trigger
Back when the Heritage revolvers first came on the market, Smith & Wesson collectors sneered and scowled. The color case hardened guns were derided as kinda old timey guns that never really existed. I purchased this one as they were being liquidated at greatly reduced prices. The first time I shot it, I was amazed at it's accuracy, and the gold bead on the gut hook front sight actually grew on me after a while. The smallish wooden grips were the revolver's weakness though, so I replaced them with a Hogue Monogrip. The result was a colorful 38 special revolver with a tapered barrel and the tolerances and accuracy one expects from the Smith & Wesson Performance Center.
I shot the blue, brown and black wheelgun at ten yards, alongside my Ruger 50th Anniversary MKII. I shot the Model 15-9 in double action, as I usually shoot revolvers. Many people, in a quest for greater accuracy out of a double action revolver, will shoot it in single action only.
Shooting double action offers several benefits. First and foremost, if one carries a revolver, chances are it will be used in double action if it is ever needed. The ability to get consistent hits with the long heavy trigger pull is important. Secondly, if a shooter can learn to shoot accurately with a double action revolver, then they can shoot almost any handgun accurately. The double action revolver trigger is that demanding. Taming it becomes a endless challenge of maintaining proficiency.
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