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Blackhawk wheel clocking during loading/shell ejecting?....

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by El Mariachi, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. El Mariachi

    El Mariachi Well-Known Member

    Just curious if your Ruger B/Hawk's cylinder wheels stop by themselves (just after a click) with one of your six chambers in the very center of the loading gate scalloped area, or if it goes past center a bit further (clockwise) then clicks & stays put? Where you can't back up, but now need to spin her a bit more and center it by hand to either load a round in....or eject a spent shell?......

    (These first three pics depict where my cylinder stops at any given 'click'. Unfortunately as you can see, I can't load a round in there due to the bad angle).




    (Now these next three pics show the wheel right where I have to stop it by hand, to give me a straight shot to load a round, or to use the ejector rod without scraping a chamber. Make any sense? 'Cuz my six shot Rough Rider doesn't have this issue, and stops smack dab in the center).



  2. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    Typical Blackhawk lockwork.
  3. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    That's how the New Models work, unfortunately. Ruger's answer to 30yrs of complaints is the reverse indexing pawl but it has only been installed in the New Vaquero and flat-top models of various chamberings.
  4. BCCL

    BCCL Well-Known Member

    Yep, annoying, but totally normal.
  5. El Mariachi

    El Mariachi Well-Known Member

    Thanks gentlemen, nice to know that at least one thing that I own is 'normal'.... :D
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012
  6. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    Yeah...That's the only real complaint I've ever had with the Blackhawk, but I've learned to compensate for it. Until the CAS movement started, rapid reloading wasn't really part of the agenda.
  7. Salmoneye

    Salmoneye Well-Known Member

    You went too far...

  8. Driftwood Johnson

    Driftwood Johnson Well-Known Member

    Yup, they have been doing that since the 1970s.

    Another answer is to install a Power Custom half cock hammer. Once installed you have a half cock position on the hammer that rotates the cylinder just far enough so that the chambers are lined up with the loading gate. Just like on a Colt.
  9. eldon519

    eldon519 Well-Known Member

  10. Lucas_Y

    Lucas_Y Well-Known Member

    Or you can modify the factory pawl to free spin. ;)
  11. Varmiter

    Varmiter Well-Known Member

    Here is what the freespin pawl looks like. If you don't want to 'mod' your own, you can order one from Brownells.



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