Originally Posted by retronotmetro
And my point is: how is learning the clearing drills for a semiauto going to help you use a weapon that has no safety, no slide or slide release, no magazine or magazine release, and has only a cylinder release and push extractor (not present on any semiauto) as controls? The mechanical aspects are completely different, and require that you commit different motions to muscle memory.
RM - for a change, I am not saying I am right, I am saying that this is my opinion.
when I am learning something new, I want to learn with the most complex example, so that later I can go to the more simple example. The origional poster did not say that he wanted a handgun for a specific reason, he said that he wanted to learn to shoot. he may find that he likes it and wants to continue shooting in the future, and he may find himself handling several firearms over the course of his life.
you are right that, if what he wanted to do was learn to shoot and have a gun to, for instance, protect his house, the simplest thing would be to handle a revolver. I would suggest, however, that if he wishes to learn to operate a firearm he starts with the more comples example, and later go on to a more simple one.
this isn't just the way I treat handguns - I think that it is a good system for anything in life that you want to learn. but that is my opinion.