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Old 02-05-2013, 16:38   #1
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Brand new 637 and the crane bent!

Just brought my brand new 637 to the range. Loaded it up with 5 rds of 95gr cowboy loads and after finishing those the crane bent. What's up with that. Very disappointed in Smith right about now. Left it with the smith at the place I bought it.
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Old 02-05-2013, 17:34   #2
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Did you shut the cylinder with a flick of the wrist, like in the movies?

Someone bent the crane, it doesn't just happen on its own through shooting.
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Old 02-05-2013, 17:49   #3
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I agree. It was bent when you got it.
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Old 02-05-2013, 17:53   #4
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The only ways a crane can bend in firing is, by massive overload or being fired by an off center primer strike that manages to fire the round out of alignment with the barrel. In either case the bent crane would probably be one of the last things you would notice.

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Old 02-05-2013, 18:08   #5
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Did you shut the cylinder with a flick of the wrist, like in the movies?

Someone bent the crane, it doesn't just happen on its own through shooting.
Was that wrong? Should he not have done that?
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Old 02-05-2013, 18:09   #6
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Sounds like someone's been opening/closing the cylinder like 'in the movies'.

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaad juju. Hope it gets repaired properly.
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Was that wrong? Should he not have done that?
NO, you should not do that
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Old 02-05-2013, 18:13   #8
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NO, you should not do that
I know. I should have put a picture of George Costanza when I posted that.
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Old 02-05-2013, 19:24   #9
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I know. I should have put a picture of George Costanza when I posted that.
Haha classic Costanza commentary there....
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Old 02-06-2013, 13:12   #10
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How exactly did the yoke "bend"? What makes you think it's bent?

Typically, someone may experience a damaged yoke when dropping the revolver onto a hard surface (concrete floor), where the revolver lands on its side and the impact bends the yoke barrel.

Deliberate mishandling can cause it, too (the already mentioned "wrist flip" method so popular on TV shows and in the Movies ).

Did you take a camera photo before leaving it with the gunsmith? Is the gunsmith going to return the revolver to S&W for you for inspection under their warranty?
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Old 02-06-2013, 13:30   #11
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Pics please.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:37   #12
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Well got the gun back from the gunsmith. He was not very talkative about what happen and why. He just said that the yoke/crane was apparently out of alignment from the factory and the 5 rd I out thru it made it worse.
To the point the cylinder would not close. He realigned it and I shot 50 rds without a problem. Still a little disappointed with Smith And Wesson. Probably won't be buying anymore of their products in the future.
I will be sending them a e-mail describing what happen too.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:48   #13
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Did you inspect the pistol before purchase?
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Old 02-07-2013, 13:39   #14
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Something just isn't fitting in the narrative. If a crane is actually "out of alignment" or bent there isn't much a "smith can do unless he has the Smith & Wesson training and kit (Which is a sandbag and a lead Babbitt, but none the less it is really a "return to factory" problem.

OTOH if the screw that hold the cylinder in place (the front screw on the right side of the frame isn't snugged up, it could give a novice a problem resembling the symptoms described. That is about a 15 second fix.

Of course there is also the possibility that the center pin in the ejector star, that locks the cylinder to the frame t the rear got bent through mishandling.

I just don't see a '"Smith" jerking with truly bent crane instead of sending it back to the factory since it would be warranty issue and he would be voiding the warranty
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Old 02-07-2013, 14:32   #15
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Sounds like someone's been opening/closing the cylinder like 'in the movies'.

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaad juju. Hope it gets repaired properly.
Yep,....ranks right up there with farting in Church
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