There are several common manual-of-arms for the snub. These include but are not limited to:
The Classic FBI method
The Modified FBI method
The Taylor right-hand “speed load” method (See The Complete Book of Combat Handgunning by Chuck Taylor)
The Classic LFI StressFire method (See StressFire by Massad Ayoob)
The Contemporary LFI StressFire method
If you factor in that the revolver is an asymmetric firearm, and that reloading techniques for left hand shooters will vary from those of right hand shooters, it is easy to identify at least nine differed methods for un-loading and reloading the revolver. (I only count nine because I do not know of a Taylor developed version of his “speed load” method for the left handed shooter.)
Each reloading method is to a greater or lesser degree, some variation of the others, though pieces of all of them present various advantages and limitations. Which specific technique will work best for an individual shooter will depend on several factors; the size of the shooter’s hand, the position of the shooter during the reload (standing vs. prone) and the degree of the shooter’s finger dexterity.
A skilled snub shooter should be aware of the subtleties and mechanics of each of these techniques. A serious student of the snub should know all of these techniques and practice each regularly in order to discover what gives each its strength and where its limitations lie before choosing one or more dominate personal techniques.
Having studied and practiced all nine methods I have settled on four. One for right-hand dominant reloads. One for left hand dominant reloads. One for ground or supine reloads. And one for single hand, injured hand reloads.
Each method is as similar to the other as the mechanics of the weapon will permit. I think that all can be described as taking some of the best parts of the Taylor right-hand “speed load” along with the an equal measure of the classic LFI StressFire for revolvers, and filling in any gaps with a good measure of ergonomic common sense. Starting tomorrow we will look at all four.