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Friday, January 14, 2011

Possible Smith & Wesson revolver internal lock failure caught on video

. has the story. The videos are compelling. S&W will have the final word after examining the revolver.




Sir, I had a lock up several months ago with a used Taurus Titanium .44 Special.

By all rights, it should have been a great gun, but after the first round, I could not draw the hammer back beyond the mid point. I did not "short stroke" the return of the trigger. I'm a very experienced snubnose and revolver shooter. I tried numerous times to fire the gun via DAO, and the hammer/trigger would not proceed beyond the midway point. Nor could I cock it single action.

I ultimately had to release the cylinder, which took some effort, inspected and replaced the cartridges, and proceeded to fire off five consecutive rounds. There were no primer or cartridge swells.

The gun had one of those infernal internal locks.

None of my guns have these locks. I don't know if the lock was to blame, but the gunsmith who looked at it didn't see anything structurally wrong with it.

It's gone.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Thanks for that insight! It is always nice to have a perspective from someone with experience.

I will never own a revolver with an internal lock. I just don't like the idea of them being there... I like them even less after hearing about these failures.

Arthur B. Burnett said...

Greetings from Texas,
I got my Smith&Wesson Model 10 the week I turned 21. In the 30+ years that followed I have put thousands of rounds through it. It has only jammed once, but it did jam.