Earlier this year, I purchased the S&W Model 637 Airweight Special. Although it’s chambered for +P ammo, even .38 special target ammo made holding on to it during recoil like holding on to a bucking bronc. And after just 50 rounds, my hands were sore.
Time for a big butt.
I discovered them on YouTube. The owner of a 637 with larger hands had been having some of the same difficulties which I was experiencing. He bought and installed the big butts and loved the results.
Amazon, plastic money and USPS. The recipe for satisfaction.
If you remember, I was having trouble with my groups being low and to the left. I guessed that I was “pushing” the gun as I pressed the trigger. This was probably caused by the smaller grips. I was partly right.
My groups now, in rapid fire, were still low but no longer left. My newest guess is that, because this is a double-action revolver with a long trigger pull, I’m still pushing the gun down as I press the trigger. With larger grips which allow me to use all three of my non-trigger fingers, I no longer push left and down, just down. Although I can put them all on an 8-inch paper plate, I have to hold high. I don’t believe that the sights are the problem, I’m pretty sure it’s me.
I was able to confirm this by shooting a few groups slow-fire. This snubbie is a tack-driver at 21 feet (7 yards). I could tear the sides of existing holes if I took my time. So it’s not the gun – it’s operator error. I need more practice with trigger press and maintaining sight alignment.
Other YouTube videos suggested that a “trigger-job” might help, but I’m not going to spend any more hard-earned money on this. This revolver is meant to be a back-up to my main carry gun, my M&P (which is a tack-driver at 21 feet rapid-fire). I want to have a “New-York reload” available to me in an emergency, as well as a “belly-gun” which won’t jam in an “up-close-and-personal” encounter.
I’m satisfied. I’ll practice more – but in the meantime, I like big butts.