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Old 12-09-2012, 04:57 PM
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I have owned several S&W revolvers, and feel like I'm fairly familiar with how much rotational play they should have at full lock-up(i.e. with the trigger held all the way back). I also have one Colt revolver, and am familiar with the "bank vault" lockup that these have.

My most recent acquisition was a 64-5, a DAO agency trade-in gun that looks rough but seems to have been shot very little. I have shot it a little bit-I put one cylinder full of wadcutters through it, plus a couple of cylinders of white box FMJs and one or two cylinders of Remington +P hollowpoints. I didn't have any trouble at all with any spitting lead or anything else that would indicate a timing problem.

Two of the chambers(right next to each other) on this gun give what feels to me to be a normal amount of rotational play. Two of them(across from each other) give very little rotational play. Two of them(also next to each other) give no rotational play at all at full lock up-they feel like the cylinder on my Colt.

Is this something that I should be concerned about? I've always heard that S&Ws should be a little bit loose, and can have problems if they're not.

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Old 12-09-2012, 08:35 PM
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Ben,
Some variation in the lockup on each of the cylinders would be normal, mainly because the ratchets on the older models were fit by hand. As long as the cylinder "carries up" and locks into position prior to hammer fall it should be fine. Some gauge, or "wink" as the factory calls it, is necessary for the parts to function correctly. Since it is a service gun, you might also check the front and rear gauges on the cylinder to see if they are still ok. .004-.008 front and .060-.064 in back
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:41 PM
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I appreciate you alleviating my concern. I'll do the checks which you suggest.

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I appreciate you alleviating my concern. I'll do the checks which you suggest.

Ben
You should understand this is not a Colt and the same "checks" don't apply. Cylinder rotation when locked is expected. You don't hold the trigger back and check it. You only expect (in DA with empties in the chambers) the cylinder stop to drop in place before the hammer falls.
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