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How Do I Quick-Check a Used Revolver?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Restless28, May 2, 2009.

  1. Menehune

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    Great info!

    Any tips for checking out a double action only firearm, where there is no hammer access?
     
  2. UniversalBrow06

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    Would love to know this as well.
     

  3. MadCityJack

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    Incredibly informative thread.
     
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    Hardballing--Good add, I always check the top strap also.

    Good info all, thank you.
     
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  5. Rick O'Shay

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    A late date to be adding to this awesome list of checks, but I do have one more, which I learned from a collector just yesterday.

    "Push off" is a check to do (empty revolver, check twice!), with barrel pointed in a safe direction. Cock the hammer all the way back. Push firmly (don't try to bend it!) forward on the hammer. If it falls, there is excessive wear on the trigger, hammer, etc. If it holds fast, then it passed the "push off" test.
     
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  6. 2guns

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    After safety checking and being aware of muzzle discipline , very safe very aware, don't look at what you are trying to feel. You will get a better tacticle response if are you are not trying to look at what you are trying to feel. But stay aware of what is going on around you. It works for me.

    Please be safe
    Joethebear
     
  7. mistermills357

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    I am being re-schooled in a lot of things, and this is one of them. I have had to re-learn so many things, which I thought I knew.
    Between new guns, changing times, old age and diabetes; I am perplexed a lot. And my memory stinks to boot!
     
  8. frankpenn

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    quite an informative forum. nice.
     
  9. GunGeezer

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    Been using this thread's info for several years now, it's done me good and made me look like I knew what I was doing. :fred:
     
  10. rds95991

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    Basic inspection:

    Cylinder lockup when hammer is cocked, check the frame/crane alignment for gaps, check the cylinder gap, check forcing cone for leading.

    Check to barrel for rifling, dark spots, and bulges.
     
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    And here I thought that I was the only one that did that,with semi auto's as well. LOL GMTA
     
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  12. DarkLord

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    If it's an old style Colt DA revolver, then timing on the Colt's is different. You check the timing for a Colt DA by holding the trigger fully to the rear, not by cocking the hammer like a Colt Mk III/V, S&W, Ruger, or Taurus.
     
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    What he said on the Colt. I had two different guys show me that.

    GregB
     
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    Roccaas I wish I DID know now what I DIDN'T know then!

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    "The Six Gun Journal" Article saved me $$ on a "no-go showboat" disaster once. Thank you for writing this!
     
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  16. halfmoonclip

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    As regards the question about concealed hammer revos, same deal as others except double action only. Putting some drag on the cylinder while you pull the trigger, as mentioned. The timing check is an issue.....handled a revo that was shaving chunks; it seemed to time up okay, unless you put a little drag on it.
    Also had a brand new 66 with one chamber bored out of line...only came to light with actual firing.
    Moon
     
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    Throw it in deep water, if it sinks, it's a good one!
     
  19. SargeMO

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    Just caught this Roccaas. You're quite welcome and thank you for the compliment. I'm always glad to hear when people have benefitted from SGJ in one way or another.