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Old 04-18-2013, 01:18 AM
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In a recent thread, Unusual .44 Magnum Case wood grained contact paper boxes came out of the woodwork.

I recently acquired one such box and in it was this early Model 57, engraved by John Adams Sr. Lately, I have been on an engraved roll. I hope that you enjoy the photos:

















Notice engraver's name "J ADAMS" on the front of the yoke:



Spring loaded plunger that slips in a corresponding divot on the frame under the barrel (Have you ever seen something like this before?):



And of course - the unusual, but apparently factory, "panel wagon" wood grain, contact paper case:





I'd love to hear your thoughts on the third or yoke "cylinder lock".

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Old 04-18-2013, 01:36 AM
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Don't know about the lock, but that's one hell of a "roll" you're on! Beautiful!
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Model 57's are one of my favorites, but you have the most unusual one I have ever seen. Any idea of why it was done up as a triple lock in a gun that most likely will forever remain unfired? Thanks for sharing and yes your on a roll... Kyle
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wow!

is that what revolvers will look like in heaven?
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That type of ball detent yoke lock was pioneered and popular on PPC revolvers back in the '70s.
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That type of ball detent yoke lock was pioneered and popular on PPC revolvers back in the '70s.
Richard:

Do you know the reason for the modification on the PPC guns?
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That's some really splendid engraving of an already beautiful gun.
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Do you know the reason for the modification on the PPC guns?
OK. So that was a long time ago, but I know one reason was that gunsmiths were starting to add heavy aftermarket barrels to K frames for increased accuracy and reduced recoil. A new barrel removed the front locking plunger, so this was a way to lock the yoke for a front lockup. Supposedly this removed some of the friction created by the front plunger and centerpin, tightened the yoke to the frame better than the front lock on the center pin, for better cylinder/barrel alignment, increasing accuracy.
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OK. So that was a long time ago, but I know one reason was that gunsmiths were starting to add heavy aftermarket barrels to K frames for increased accuracy and reduced recoil. A new barrel removed the front locking plunger, so this was a way to lock the yoke for a front lockup. Supposedly this removed some of the friction created by the front plunger and centerpin, tightened the yoke to the frame better than the front lock on the center pin, for better cylinder/barrel alignment, increasing accuracy.
Thank you for the color.
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Man that is one good looking gun. Thanks for posting the pictures Richard.

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