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Re: Specialty grade
In reference to Alan's above question there are several thoughts about the preference of tight choked right barrels. The subject is examined in a little more detail in the October 23 2015 message of this site and an article in the LCSCA Journal dated Fall 2015. Basically the references point out that tight choked right barrels were preferred by many righthanded shooters because they believed it eliminated side torque from a barrel more aligned on the right side of the center line of the gun that would slow their recovery for a second shot. Most observers have not noticed that twist to the right so it is probably more of a mental exercise than valid but that didn't stop many well known shooters from ordering their guns that way including Olin, Askins and Keith as cited in the 2015 journal article. So, Alan, it's a toss up whether your gun was ordered by a left or right handed shooter but he (or she) thought they had good reason to do so. The only sure thing is to be a member of this organization to receive the answers and opinions of thoughts such as these in more detail via the journals.