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Old 04-13-2018, 07:32 PM
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I recently purchased a blued 32 S&W single shot barrel that is missing a bunch of parts and is in brand new condition. It has the extractor, sleeve for the extractor with the square inner hole and round outside, and the pin to retain the sleeve in the barrel assembly.

Is the cam and extractor spring the a same as the double action revolver? Are there other internal parts needed? Any suggestions where I can find a front and rear sight? I have a notched blade style front sight that may work but would prefer the more typical Paine style.

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Old 04-13-2018, 08:14 PM
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Check with George Dye for the sights---contact info in SWCA Roster.

You'll obviously need the ejector cam assembly, but whether the DA version is the same as the SA parent revolver or not, I don't know. And having mentioned DA and SA, are you planning on using this with a 1st/2nd frame (SA), or with a 3rd frame?

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Old 04-13-2018, 09:18 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Have a 38 single action third model (model of 91) revolver frame I was going to use. Its in excellent shape and has a non matching serial number barrel and latch.

Guess I need a set of target stocks for this project too.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:02 PM
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Okay---two other parts you'll need (or can swap over from the revolver barrel) are the barrel latch cam and its spring.

Assuming you're building this to shoot, let me suggest you use the rear latch/sight assembly from a 3rd Model SS--------vastly superior to the 1st/2nd. Given the need for a rear sight blade (for either 1st/2nd or 3rd), the 3rd blades are child's play to make yourself, and I have a machinist drawing for the 1st/2nd---it includes the drawing for the retaining plate and attaching screws.

Hugh May has repro target stocks.

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I probably have an original 'Paine' style and/or a similar correct Marble's. When you determine the sight height, let me know and I'll check my stash. I can send you a few that are close for you to try.
Is this the one that was on Ebay for a while? I was so tempted! Poppert's had a few very cheap in the white on Gunbroker a couple years back but I passed because they didn't have extractors.
I think the cam and spring are the same from what I've seen in .22 Single Shots.
Again, based on the .22, there aren't many parts to these. Ralph is the resident authority. He gave me a drawing that allowed me to make a correct rear sight insert.
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:17 AM
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I may be able to help with the sight height------what's the barrel length? Never mind, I only have two thirds of the answer. The height above the rib is .236" for a 6", .205" for an 8". Terry Wagner may be able to help with the height for a 10".32. If anybody has one, it figures to be him. Contact info is in the SWCA Roster.

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I have a 10 inch 32 S&W SS two line address barrel I bought a few yrs. ago, no serial numbers & the lug was ground off to fit all three revolver based single shots. I bought as a shooter, it was complete with all parts, nearly all of wear is towards muzzle end of the barrel, excellent bore, just shot at the range this week with nice groups. It shoots better on my 1st model [that has 8 inch .22 barrel, than on my 3rd model. The front sight has a somewhat larger bead than my other SS pistols, it mics as .200 of an inch from top of the barrel to top of the sight.
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I did the same thing with a 10" 38 Single Shot barrel. You are lucky to have the parts. I found the thread that shows the assembly. I did use a 38 DA cam and it worked fine, but had to make and have some parts made to put my barrel in shooting condition.

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Want to keep the cylinder and barrel assembly together from the original revlover so will buy a cam and spring. Based on the comments it sounds like parts from a double action will work. The barrel is blue, 10" long, and has "Model of 91" stamped on it.

The gun was listed on the online auction site. I already sent Mr Dye an email as Ralph suggested to see if he has any sights. If he doesn't reply I will send you, Chris, a PM to see if you still has a front sight available.

Sounds like a .200 tall front sight is the right height. Mine has the bottom of the barrel machined flat too so it fits all model frames. It will be fun to take it to the range and see how it shoots once its all assmembled.
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Thanks Gary. Was this the barrel that ended up being chambered for .38-44? I read your thread about searching for a load that shot accurately from it. Glad you were able to to find the answer. I checked the chamber in mine hoping it was a .32-44, no such luck.
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So much for sight heights----ask and you shall receive!!

I'm quite certain there is a very specific mathematical formula for determining such things---equally certain I have no clue what it is. I reckon I could rattle off (some of) the variables involved---and even get some of them right. At the point when I might be asked to explain the impact of these several variables, I'd fall back on these words of wisdom from my almost five year old grandson (at the time).

The backstory: We started both our children in school (Montessori) at age 3 1/2. So it came to be with grandson #1.

The out of the mouths of babes story: His father and I were busy with something in the garage, when his son appeared. "How old are you now?", I asked. "Four and eleven twelfths.", came the reply. "Eleven twelfths, huh?", I responded. "Yep!", he replied----proudly. "Is that the same as twenty two twenty fourths?", I asked. He looked a bit concerned, and a bit puzzled----you could just see the little wheels going around in his head. Then he looked at his dad, with a "help me out here, Dad" look on his face. Dad shrugged his shoulders, and looked dumb. Little Sam scowled, let the wheels in his head spin around some more, and then said, "We haven't had that yet." With that, he departs; and his dad gave me a "So there!!" look; and we busted out laughing----having been well and truly put in our place.

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And now a question for Boulder350: The bottom of your barrel lug is machined flat. Is it machined flat-flat----or fancy-flat? (Fancy-flat is as is found on the 3rd Model barrels from the factory---flat with a depression in the center, and with chamfered edges.)

I ask because I have a .38 barrel cut "fancy-flat"-----and it carries 3rd Model sights (the best)---and it's as new (with the "fancy-flat" portion treated with cold blue). I've been told the factory so modified some/many/all 1st/2nd SS barrel assemblies remaining in inventory at a point in time----so they could be used with any/all the top-break SS's. It made sense---for sure from a marketing point of view---and from a machining point of view. (Why would anybody but the factory (who has the set-up, the procedure------AND a reason) modify a barrel in that fashion when "flat-flat" works just fine?)

So----I asked Jinks about it. He scoffed, and said, "Never happened!"

Time passed. Not all that long ago I had occasion to show this barrel to Terry Wagner (Think of Terry as Mr. Single Shot----summa cum laude!!!) His reply: "Yeah, I have several of those."

Now---you decide. (I've already decided.)

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. . . Was this the barrel that ended up being chambered for .38-44? . . .
Yes it was. You might consider putting a case together with the pistol and single shot barrel. I found an old silverware case at an antique shop and lined it with chamois like the original cases. I liked the way it turned out, as it was similar to factory cased sets.
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The bottom of the barrel lug is machined fancy flat with the recess in it per the attached picture. It also has "Model of 91" stamped on the barrel. If those 2 things never came together originally it would make sense that the factory could have machined the lug off after the 3rd model came out so it would fit any break top single shots.

The revolver frame I'm mating the single shot barrel to is lettered as shipping to Mr A. C. Gould, famous publisher and target shooter from the late 1800's. Its a 38 revolver and the serial numbers match on the bottom of the frame and on the cylinder. The serial number on the barrel, latch, and grips are different and shipped to M.W. Robinson a year later. A mistake was made long ago because the letter says it shipped to Mr Gould as a single shot in 22 caliber with a 10" barrel in blue finish. Its listed in the Neil and Jinks book as a single shot too. Who knows if the factory records were not complete and it shipped as a combo set, or the serial number was read wrong when reading the records, or ....

Since receiving the letter I have purchased two books Mr Gould wrote. One is titled "Modern American Pistols and Revolvers" and the other is titled "Modern American Rifles". I also purchase the 2 book set of the reprints of his magazine "The Rifle" which was a monthly publication that came out in May of 1885. "The Rifle" publication was the forerunner to the official publication of the NRA, "The Rifleman".

As Gary suggests I'm planning on getting a display case made for this revolver, the new 10" 32 S&W barrel, and a 6" 22 barrel with no serial numbers on the latch or barrel. Should be a great tribute to Mr Gould.
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