HGR 069 - Defensive Pistol Fundamentals with Grant Cunningham

Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wilds of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, I am joined by the revolver specialist himself, Mr. Grant Cunningham, to discuss his new book Defensive Pistol Fundamentals!

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  • Sorry for the missed episode last week! I ran into some serious weather up here and lost power for 16 hours. First week I’ve missed in 68 weeks and hopefully the last for a very long time!
  • The winner of the Werkz Holster Giveaway has his holster he won. He ordered a Minimalist Holster from Werkz to fit his S&W M&P Shield 9mm. He has sent me photos and I will go post them on the Handgun Radio website so you can go check them out!
  • Still considering when I will bob the hammer on my S&W Model 60. I’ve had it catch on the pants pocket alot lately and Brownells no longer lists the full hammer assembly on their website. I still have some decisions to make regarding that.

Main Topic:

  • Grant has released a new book through Gun Digest titled “Defensive Pistol Fundamentals”. He has previously released books through Gun Digest such as “The Book of The Revolver” and “Defensive Revolver Fundamentals” so this is an addition to that stable.
  • What prompted you to write DPF?
  • What sorts of differences are there between DRF and DPF?
  • Do you perceive it as a hard transition between revolver or semi-auto? In your opinion, do you find people who start with revolvers are better auto shooters or vice-versa?
  • In your opinion, what is the biggest disadvantage of using the semi-auto pistol as a defensive arm vs. using the revolver?
  • In your experience, can a semi-automatic pistol be easier to train the novice shooter on, or should we follow the old adage “the revolver is simpler so its easier for new shooters”?
  • What are some things to be aware of when choosing the semi-auto as a defensive arm?
  • Any other books in the works? A coffee table book perhaps?

Obscure Gun Of The Week:

Ryan - I would love to see the new High-Standard company to reintroduce the High-Standard Sentinel revolver. It looked like a neat little .22 plinker which would be a cool addition to the lineup, provided it could be offered at a decent price. Theres a definite lack of small double-action .22 revolvers. AJ mentioned the Bearcat Shopkeeper in double-action and I completely agree on that design modification!

Grant - CZ 45