Beretta Stampede - normal or malfunction?


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Twiki357
September 5, 2011, 11:17 PM
I purchased a Beretta Stampede Marshall in 357 Mag. (I think 2004 manufacture) at a gun show a few weeks ago. Every thing appeared to be perfect on it. I put 60 rounds (Mix of 357 & 38) through it at the range without a problem. My concern is that when the gun is at full cock, the hammer can not be lowered other than by firing the gun. Every other single action I have (Colt & S&W), I can hold the hammer, squeeze the trigger and lower the hammer. This Beretta will only allow the hammer down to ALMOST the half cock position and all functions lock up other than return to full cocked and fire.

This is my first Beretta and my first gun (And probably my last one) with a transfer bar. My question, is this normal with a Beretta single action, with a transfer bar, or a malfunction that needs repair?

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BCCL
September 5, 2011, 11:45 PM
My local gun shop had a Stampede that did almost the same thing, every so often if a customer or employee brought it to full cock, the action would lock up and they would have to mess with it for hours to get it unstuck.

GCBurner
September 6, 2011, 01:16 AM
Are you releasing the trigger after you pull it, and the hammer is catching at the half-cock notch or the safety notch? If the trigger stays pulled to the rear while lowering the hammer, it should go all the way down. If you're holding the hammer at full cock with your thumb, trip the trigger and immediately release it, the transfer bar will drop out of contact with the firing pin, and the hammer should drop and catch at the half-cock position. That's a safety feature of pretty much all single-action revolvers, whether they have a transfer bar or not. It shouldn't "lock up" in that position, though; you should be able to re-cock the hammer and lower it correctly.
If the hammer snaps all the way forward from full cock when the trigger is pulled, and only hangs up when the hammer is lowered slowly, with the trigger still pulled all the way back, then something is hanging up in the mechanism, somewhere.

Twiki357
September 6, 2011, 01:18 AM
Don't know why it would have been a problem in a gun shop. Presumably it was not loaded. Just to full cock and pull the trigger. My problem is that it was loaded and I was at home. :-)

GCBurner
September 6, 2011, 01:26 AM
Don't know why it would have been a problem in a gun shop. Presumably it was not loaded. Just to full cock and pull the trigger. My problem is that it was loaded and I was at home. :-)
Might be a good idea to pull the cylinder pin and take out the cylinder while you're working on it. :-)

Twiki357
September 6, 2011, 03:17 AM
CGBurner, That's exactly what I did.

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