Should a revolver cylinder wiggle?

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Some cylinders will seem to be locked tightly but there's enough back lash built into the action to allow the cylinder to move. The only revolvers that lock tightly at ignition are the old Colt actions like the Python and Detective Special. The S&W will also be loose when the action is at rest.

Are revolver bullets supposed to be loose?

It is normal for some extra space between frame and cylinder to allow room for the cartridge cases to rotate with the cylinder and clear the frame. If there is too much endshake in the cylinder, that will allow more room for the cases to move back and forth.

What is cylinder end shake?

Endshake is nothing more than the amount of back-and-forth movement (or front-to-back, if you prefer) that the cylinder is allowed to make. ... As the cylinder pushed backward by the force of the firing round, the ratchet (aka “ejector star”) ultimately hits the rear of the frame opening, which stops the cylinder movement.

Why do revolvers have a cylinder gap?

This space is called the cylinder gap. This gap exists in all revolvers, because there needs to be a bit of space between the cylinder and the barrel, in order to allow the cylinder to rotate. ... When a revolver is fired, high pressure gases are generated in the chamber and expand into the barrel, pushing the bullet out.

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What happens when you hold a revolver wrong?

The cylinder gap is a small area between the front of the frame and the cylinder of the revolver. Upon firing, gasses are expelled from the cylinder gap which could cause the shooter to get burned, cut, or even worse if they position their support thumb over the cylinder gap area.

Do revolvers lose power?

Most assuredly, some energy is lost at the cylinder gap (usually 0.006″ or less) but most handgun cartridges are loaded with enough extra powder to make up for what is lost.

What does an ejector rod do on a revolver?

For revolvers, you remove the fired cartridge cases using the extractor. An ejector rod is connected to the extractor. Pushing the ejector rod causes the extractor to remove the fired cases from the cylinder chambers.

What is the yoke of a revolver?

A revolver has a spring biased rod that extends from the cylinder, the rod having a tip that engages a portion of the frame to retain the cylinder within the aperture of the frame during firing. ... A pin is mounted in the yoke so as to engage a recess in the frame when the cylinder is within the aperture of the frame.

What is the chamber of a revolver called?

In firearms, the cylinder is the cylindrical, rotating part of a revolver containing multiple chambers, each of which is capable of holding a single cartridge.

What is timing on a revolver?

“Timing” is a general term for the process occurring when you cock the hammer or pull the trigger in double action mode on a revolver. ... During this trigger movement, it presses on the DA sear — a spring-activated lever on the hammer front — which begins to cock the hammer.

What is the crane on a revolver?

The pivoting part that supports the cylinder is called the crane; it is the weak point of swing-out cylinder designs.

Where is the yoke of a revolver?

The part of the crane assembly that the cylinder rides on is the yoke barrel, which ties (or yokes) the cylinder to the crane. I have never heard a term officially ascribed to the upright part of the frame other than "frame" or crane recess. S&W has always called it the yoke, as does Taurus.

Do revolvers jam?

The big difference between “jams” in revolvers and semi-automatic pistols is that most pistol malfunctions can be cleared fairly quickly. However, with a revolver, the malfunction will usually take you out of the fight.

What is the best revolver?

Revolvers for Concealed Carry: Top 10 Choices, Ranked
  • Ruger Super Redhawk.
  • North American Arms . 22 Revolvers.
  • Taurus Protector.
  • Smith & Wesson 442.
  • Ruger LCR-22.
  • Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38.
  • Ruger GP100.
  • Rossi 352.

Do all shotguns eject shells?

They must be removed by hand action. Only semi-automatic shotguns eject the spent shell after firing. The spent shell must be ejected by a hand mechanism (slide action) or spring action in the case of double barrel and single barrel shotguns.

What is a forcing cone on a revolver?

The forcing cone is the rear entrance of the barrel where the bullet transitions from the cylinder to the barrel. It protrudes into the cylinder window a little, how much varies depending on the model. ... Cracked forcing cones are not unique to Smith & Wesson revolvers.

What happens if you put your finger in the barrel of a gun?

It'd probably both destroy the fingertip and blow up the gun. An obstruction in a gun's barrel, even one as soft as a “finger”, is enough to push the pressure where it need not go, and that's “not down the barrel with the bullet”. And it doesn't take much.

What is the hand in a revolver?

The hand is indeed the part that engages the cylinder's ratchet to rotate the cylinder. On a modern Smith, it's attached to the trigger.

What is the yoke of a gun?

On Crew Served weapons, the Yoke Assembly controls the elevation (vertical) limits of the gun, and allows attachment from the gun to the Vertical Arm.

Is a revolver safer than a semi auto?

A double action revolver is the safest. A single action revolver like the old colt single action not as safe unless you load five of the six rounds and leave the empty chamber directly under the hammer. A semi auto is a little more complex with a few levers to confuse you untill you get used to it.

Why are revolvers still used?

The simplicity of use and easy concealed carry of most compact revolvers makes them a very viable carry gun, which is why so many people still carry them.

Are revolvers more powerful?

Revolvers are often shown to be more "powerful" than semiautomatic handguns, and this is true to some extent: revolvers can utilize much more powerful ammunition (see page pic) because they usually have a solid frame and therefore are physically stronger.

Why does my 38 special jam?

More than likely there's some light gunpowder residue in between the ejector star and the back face of the cylinder where they meet. Once you have it open, push the ejector rod so you can get behind the star to clean it. Any residue that's behind there can cause this type of jamming issue.

Do revolvers wear out?

So, there's very little in a revolver that can break. Sure, springs can wear out, or the revolver can go out of time, or it can develop endshake, or some specific internal part can break.