There is a simple technique in the proper loading of the SAA. This is all timed to have just nudged the next chamber in line with the forcing cone (where the bullet enters the barrel). This does not fully apply to weapons that copy the exterior of the SAA but modified the internal mechanics (such as Ruger's single action line), or to SAAs and faithful copies that have been subjected to significant modification. The transfer-bar system is a safe consistent type of action that finally addressed the problems of revolver safety. Details in the video, or scroll down for the full transcript (along with a few additional comments and links those lazy video watchers wont ever see). I am opposed to ignorant people perpetuating stupid myths about revolvers, like the idea that they are immune to any type of malfunction or that they dont have to be cleaned or maintained, or that having fewer rounds on board somehow imparts a supernatural calm upon the user so they always take more careful aim than those reckless semi-auto shooters. The one we will be covering here is one of those. Winners must respond within 30 days of receiving notification or an alternate winner will be selected. Smith & Wesson 686 Revolver. Discussion of the parts in the Single Action style guns as to which ones wear, break, and what issues are caused. Firing a double-action revolver in the double-action mode involves first placing the trigger finger on the trigger (A). The reference was that the 19th century cowboys knew enough to keep one cylinder empty. 9.12 inches. But there are some lessons that even the most experienced (and I use that term somewhat loosely) shooters never seem to learn, as this cardinal sin is committed by many shooters who should know better. Factory warranties may apply in some cases. The double-action revolver is a multi-tasker. This frees the cylinder without having to cock the hammer. Giveaway prizes may have evidence of being test fired or exhibit minor handling marks. You either did it correctly or ended up literally shooting yourself in the foot, or worse. Then bring the hammer to full cock, and when you lower it back down, just like magic it will be resting over an empty chamber. Employees and agents of Publishers Development Corp. are not eligible. Grip the double-action revolver high as possible on the frame. In the video below, I describe yet another revolver failure I recently encountered. Click here for more information. Sort By. 3.5 inches. Colt's excellent Anaconda is no longer in production, but it can be found used and makes for an . Our Great Western II (GWII) line is period correct with the floating firing pin in the hammer, not a transfer bar. If the problem persists, it usually means the inner workings of the revolver need attention. Thats why you get a fine drag line on many cylinders. But an even more dramatic change has taken place with the advent of the New Model Ruger Blackhawks, Vaqueros and now the New Vaqueros (same basic gun as the Vaquero but built on a smaller, Colt-style frame with Ruger's original XR-3 frame from the '50s). Even having said all of that, I have never intended to imply that revolvers are generally less reliable than semi-autos. As the hand is pressed further out and up through that window by the trigger pull, the very tip (on the left side, looking forward toward the muzzle) pushes against a cog on that ratchet. Or the hand will push the cylinder to align the next chamber but the stop wont snick into the right bolt notch in the cylinder. No substitutions or transfers to a third party are allowed. The gun pictured is the first one sorry folks, its sold! S&W Performance Center Model 637 Enhanced Action 38 Special Revolver $ 599.00. That is a top of the line Smith Wesson Production gun. Answer (1 of 10): Revolvers are very reliable. (III) Giveaway winner(s) chosen by random drawing. Once the revolver is open and the ammunition is removed, it would be appropriate to check under the extractor for powder particles, spin the cylinder to see if there are restrictions, then close the cylinder and check the double- and single-action trigger pulls. It usually rides in a holster mounted to the door of the truck I drive to check cows and mend fences as well as anything else that needs to be done on the place. And that all wears out. 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My guess is that a thorough cleaning along with a little lubrication would put your revolver back in reliable working order. If a revolver is only slightly out of time, shooting it normally in DA mode will allow the cylinder mass to Carry Up correctly, turning that last few thousandths using inertia. My point is that revolvers, in general, break a lot more often than most people realize. Though these tasks were once considered part of everyday life, no one knew how to do them anymore. A micro-second prior to this, the cylinder stop has clicked into the next notch, locking things in place. So again, Im not trying to slam either of these companies. On the other hand, single action revolvers do not have a cylinder that swings out. A dirty star can also interfere with the hammer operation by preventing the round from being properly seated against the cylinder. Single-Action Revolvers. Simply having a qualified gunsmith crank the barrel a quarter of a degree right or left (depending on where you want the gun to hit) can make a dramatic difference in the striking point of a bullet. To protect the privacy and security of winners, names will not be made public. It is far easier to remove metal than replace it. Thus, these New Model Rugers are true six-shooters. . With the muzzle up and vertical, pull the trigger. If the problem went away, most likely there was something under the extractor not allowing it to seat or the quality inspector in your ammunition-loading process needs to do a better job with primer and bullet seating. The first is the cylinder stop clicking against the cylinder as its released by the sear cam on the trigger as the cylinder turns. For each single trigger pull, the gun is performing two actions, and that's why it's called "double" action. Reader Alex Vrenios sent us a note asking to explain revolver timing as he recently had a problem with one of his revolvers having to do with that very topic. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets. To protect the privacy and security of winners, names will not be made public. The Taylor's & Company TC9 comes in 4.75 and 5.5-inch barrel variants. But it will continue to wear, so getting it fixed is best. A 1891 production Colt SAA Cavalry Model in near mint condition. That should occur just before the DA sear releases the hammer to fire. And Im not talking about the kind of problems you can fix in a couple of seconds on the firing line. The first revolvers were single action, making this the oldest revolver design. This action advances the cylinder to the next round and locks the cylinder in place with the chamber aligned with the barrel. Did the very first SAAs have a recoil plate in the recoil shield? Give a Gift Ive transitioned to the Springfield Hellcat as my daily carry gun and its proving to be everything I expected. Like riding a bicycle or baiting a hook, some things are not forgotten even though we may never do them again. Most malfunctions are ammo related. TROUBLESHOOTING A SINGLE-ACTION AND A DOUBLE-ACTION REVOLVER 2 Single-action and double action revolvers are two types of revolvers that are used by describe how troubleshooting occurs. By the middle of the 20th century, unlike bike riding or fishing, knowing how to shoot a single action had become relegated to the same fate as knowing how to drive a horse-drawn buckboard or using button hooks to fasten high-topped shoes. Until today, I carried a stainless steel .44 Mag. Oct 26, 2015. A single-action firearm is one that can only be fired when you cock the hammer and squeeze the trigger, as this is the only action possible to fire it. Giveaway prizes may have evidence of being test fired or exhibit minor handling marks. Can You Use Wadcutter Ammunition for Personal Defense? But this gun would not go through a whole cylinder without the trigger getting stuck and I would have to manually reset it (Greg Ellifritz encountered an almost identical problem a few years ago with a brand new S&W 351) Fortunately, Smith & Wesson fixed it, no questions asked. You'll have to experiment to find out which bullets your gun prefers, not just for point of impact but for group size. Giveaway prizes may have evidence of being test fired or exhibit minor handling marks. Of course, nobody in his right mind would ever attempt this technique with live ammunition--an invitation to disaster. That began to change in the 1950s with the small-screen phenomenon of TV westerns and the subsequent fast-draw craze. The only way to draw a single action is to keep the hammer down and your trigger finger outstretched alongside the guard (which aids in pointing) until the gun is out of the holster and level with your target. H&R 922 repairs. 10. As with handling any firearm, proceed with extreme caution. Now, let me add some context. $10.00. In DA mode, you start the trigger pull which due to a minor miracle of cams, springs and timing starts to move the cylinder stop out of the notch on the cylinder, preparing it to be able to rotate. By following these steps, a proper understanding of the functionality and aesthetic of the firearms can be deduced to determine if any further restoration, maintenance, or cleaning is needed. 4) Depress the trigger again; hammer will have audible "click" 5) Continue to depress trigger, manually cycle the action and eject the snap cap. The responsibility of owning a Colt SAA mirrors that of a fine watch; careful and meticulous steps must be taken to ensure the firearm performs, appears, and feels authentic. When timing gets out of whack the fit of the parts changes. This is something done in thousandths of an inch so unless youre comfy there, let a pro do it. Because of their reliability, durability, and relaxed maintenance, these firearms became insanely popular among collectors and enthusiasts alike as the models became older and older. The screws in the side of the revolver are removed to free the action. 9.Color Case Hammer$295.00. But I certainly dont hate revolvers. It takes a bit of talent to fix timing, and almost always a new hand. A thicker hand will push the ratchet cog further around. On the other hand, a few handguns and pistols fit double-action or single-action. For: 1885_single_shot.pdf, 1885 High-Wall Rifle Black Powder Revolvers Instruction Manual (292.32 KB) For: 1847 Walker Revolvers, 1848 Dragoon Revolvers, 1849 Pocket Revolvers, 1851 Navy Revolvers, 1858 New Army Revolvers, 1858 New Army Target Carbine Revolvers, 1860 Army Revolvers, 1861 Navy Revolver , 1862 Police Revolver , 1862 Pocket Navy . Ill send it to them and Im sure they will fix it and itll be fine. Consequently, that provided an ideal place to hide a banknote because there was little chance of anyone claiming it while the gun's owner was alive. The double-action (DA) revolver uses a long pull of the trigger to cock the hammer, rotate the cylinder and fire the piece. Having trouble seeing a recoil plate. Traditionally, Kentucky windage was employed to bring the gun on target. That is completely context dependent. I've been offered one in 44 Russian with a 3-digit serial & lots of pitting. The Uberti 1873 Cattleman II is a versatile gun that is affordable and reliable. The final click is actually two clicks at once, as the cylinder stop engages the cylinder at about the same time as the full cock notch engages. If you trigger cock, refine your aim upon cocking and break the shot. Hello. But is sounds to me that there is a possibility that the Hammer stud may be bent or mis-shaped.If that is in fact the case then only the Smith Wesson factory can repair the problem. Associated taxes and fees will be the responsibility of the winner. He said looking at the diagrams didnt explain how a revolver times or how to identify an issue and then repair it. Federal's new.30 Super Carry pistol cartridge offers the equivalent of 9mm Luger performance with recoil and muzzle blast comparable with 9mm. Take the sideplate off and spray the action with aerosol gun wash or non-chlorinated brake cleaner. All guns have a story to tell, some are just more interesting than others. Contest void where prohibited by law. The GUNSLINGER Action Job includes installation of our proprietary gun fighter springs that are guaranteed for life, along with setting your desired trigger pull weight. $10.00. The grips can be either checkered wood or black checkered plastic. Contest open to U.S. residents only. Many things have to happen at just the right micro-instant in order for this quite complicated series of events to poke along smoothly. Find it online at or on This allows the Model 85 to be cocked first with a . A video showing how to shoot using a single and double action gun: Im not going to say theyre more reliable either. IF you value safety, because a gun with a long DA trigger for the first pull and a safety is going to be the safest type of gun to safety. (IV) Winners must undergo a background check and comply with all other federal, state and local laws. Things like an in-house barrel machined from Krieger stainless stock, custom grips by Marc, timed and tuned action, beautiful black PVD DLC Black plating called Hot Rod Black and 24K gold plate done in-house only start the options available. 1 rifles, M77 Mark IIs, Hawkeyes and 77/22s: $50.00: 10/22s and Mini-14s: $30.00: Stock Refinishing: Not offered as a service: FIT NEW CYLINDERS To protect the privacy and security of winners, names will not be made public. The design is meant to keep the firing pin from protruding through the recoil shield and potentially contacting the primer of a cartridge. (IV) Winners must undergo a background check (if needed) and comply with all other federal, state and local laws. When it's time to get to shooting, from targets to varmints, the Heritage Rough Riderrevolver is what you need in your holster. And remember to always do your sighting-in adjustments using ammo that produces the best groups. Barring aftermarket alteration, this procedure would be applicable to all major variants of the SAA, such as the Bisley, Buntline, Flattop and others, as well as faithful reproductions made by a number of firms both foreign and domestic. The SAA safety notch, which produces the first click, is a short distance back from the resting position of the hammer. When it was my turn to own and shoot the old Ruger Flat Top Blackhawk 44, the grips were so loose they'd wiggle on the frame quite a bit, so I had to figure out how to fix loose revolver grips.