Cutting down a revolver barrel


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txgunsuscg
December 20, 2012, 07:24 PM
So, if I have a slightly beat up Speed Six in .38 with a 4 inch barrel and I wanted something a little shorter, bobbed, and pocket-ish, is it possible to have a gunsmith cut down the barrel, or does it need a new, factory 2.5 inch?

I ask because Numrich is out of 2.5" barrels, but they have a new 4" that I could have cut down...

Thoughts?

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Iggy
December 20, 2012, 07:49 PM
Probably be cheaper to find the gun you want.

dfariswheel
December 20, 2012, 08:16 PM
Cutting the barrel and re-crowning it is not a huge job.
The only tougher part is installing a new front sight.
The better method is to have the top rib slotted and a new sight pinned in.
Any competent gunsmith with a milling machine can slot the barrel and install a new sight.

Shortening is often better than re-barreling because of the difficulty in finding a gunsmith who has all the special tooling needed to change a barrel, AND who knows how it's done correctly.
The "Done correctly" is the hard part because a surprisingly large number of gunsmiths really don't know all the steps to do correct re-barrel work on revolvers and don't have all the correct tooling.

1 old 0311-1
December 20, 2012, 08:22 PM
Cut, re-crown, and silver solder a new front sight is the cheapest way. Since it's "slightly beat up" you won't have to worry about refinishing.

txgunsuscg
December 20, 2012, 08:37 PM
I'm pretty certain in my gunsmiths abilities, he specializes in revolvers and I've seen some of the work he's done.

Lucky Derby
December 21, 2012, 04:05 AM
A so called professional gunsmith bent the frame on a 629 I had doing a barrel swap.
Either cut the barrel that is on the gun, or buy/trade for the gun you want.

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