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Old 08-27-2009, 06:17 PM
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i just read an article in a gun magazine from the 90's where someone put an L-frame barrel on a K-frame. will this work without any special modification (can it just be screwed in like any other barrel) or is there more to it than the article let on.
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There is much more to it than screwing the L frame barrel into the K frame. The threaded shank of the L frame is bigger, and so the threads are different. The barrel's rear needs to be turned down and re-threaded.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:23 AM
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Also, the distance from bore axis to cylinder axis is different, so you either need to fabricate a different forward locking lug for the extractor lug, or (more likely) lose the forward locking lug and make a ball detent lock for the crane-to-frame lockup.

The conversion is much more than simply threading and fitting an L frame barrel shank to fit the K frame.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:43 AM
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Also, the distance from bore axis to cylinder axis is different, so you either need to fabricate a different forward locking lug for the extractor lug, or (more likely) lose the forward locking lug and make a ball detent lock for the crane-to-frame lockup.
Ah, yes, I forgot about that. Thanks for adding that note, John.

Most adaptations of parts to guns for which they were not designed turn out to be more work than first envisioned!
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