S&W J Frames


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FM2Wildcat
November 10, 2006, 12:32 AM
I looked at three different J frames the other day, the 637, M60 and a 360.
I've been considering one for CC and while checking out these brand new guns I noted that the cylinders on all three has side to side play.
After reading the excellent revolver check out sticky thread at the top of this forum I was under the assumption that under full lockup the cylinder was supposed to be tight and not moveable, as if welded to the frame.
My Python, Model 29 50th and Anaconda do not exibit this. I traded my little hammerless Taurus 7 shot 357 after shooting it once as it spit lead with every round I tried through it and it had this side to side play also, I read the checkout thread after I bought it new and chalked it up to experience.
So my question is, is this cylinder side play normal for a brand new J frame and do they spit lead like my ex taurus because of this? :confused:

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whm1974
November 10, 2006, 01:01 AM
Aside from expensive target guns a little play is normal.

-Bill

FM2Wildcat
November 10, 2006, 01:09 AM
Well given the prices they are charging for the lightweights one would expect them to be tight and right.
This side to side play is what I assume to cause lead spitting because of the slop?

DB
November 10, 2006, 01:27 AM
As WHM1974 indicated... Some small amount of play is normal and shouldn't be of concern. That's what the forcing cone is for. The majority of my S&W revolvers have a small amount of CW/CCW play with the cylinder. It is in the minority to find one with "bank-vault-tight" lockup.

FM2Wildcat
November 10, 2006, 02:39 AM
Thanks for the info WHM and DB! :)

jamz
November 10, 2006, 11:28 AM
I have a brand new 340pd, and while the back and forth movement is nonexistant, there is a tiny amount of side to side play, but not much at all- certainly not enough to make it spit lead.

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