Harry Reeves Practical Handgunning 1951

Another article about Harry Reeves, from 1951, courtesy of my historical handgun research team. This one is from Handguns magazine. Reeves has the biases against semiauto pistols and 9mm ammunition common to gun writers and gun experts of his era. The discussion of trigger control and shooting fundamentals is great information, and I note that his acceptable standard for draw to first shot for defensive shooting, hitting a target at 5 yards, is 1.5 second — not too different from today’s acceptable performance for a moderately trained shooter. His description of the Mexican Defense Course (starting at 25 and moving to 10 yards) is more rooted in bullseye shooting than the 1960’s version I wrote about recently.