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Cylinder rings on revolvers.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Droid noob, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Droid noob

    Droid noob Well-Known Member

    Is this just something that happens to every revolver? I'm a noob revolver owner and have been dry firing my new Gp100 stainless steel matte finish. I noticed the ring is very visible already. Is this due to the matte finish of my revolver or is this unavoidable? Thanks for any input.
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Yes, it just happens....When I was a younger man, I bought a brand new polished King Cobra. Being ignorant, I thought something was wrong with the gun when that ring developed the first few times I used it.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    No, not every revolver.

    Most revolvers would be fair statement though.

    You can slow it down somewhat with a drop of oil though.

    The other thing is, stainless guns show hoof prints after a gnat lands on them and buzzes off.

    They show every tiny scratch & scuff much worse then a blued gun.

  4. Droid noob

    Droid noob Well-Known Member

    Lol. Hoof prints.
  5. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    That ring on your GP-100 is there for a reason. The early release of the cylinder latch allows it to act as a brake during fast double-action shooting and prevents the cylinder from turning so fast it skips the next notch.
  6. Droid noob

    Droid noob Well-Known Member

    I can see the mechanics of it. Just wasn't sure if this was a problem with the matte finish or what.
  7. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    Just means that you shoot your revolver and its not a safe queen.
  8. Hit_Factor

    Hit_Factor Well-Known Member

    If you want it to disappear you can polish the whole cylinder, re-polish as needed.
  9. Droid noob

    Droid noob Well-Known Member

    As long as it normal wear, I'm okay with some character. Thanks guys.
  10. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    great line
  11. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I have polished up a few of my stainless guns with Mothers Mag Polish. Makes the gun look like it's nickel plated and takes out a lot of the marks and scratches on the gun.
  12. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Reposted from another thread:

    "Firstly, SA's and DA's are different and I will address them separately.

    A traditional single action (basically anything but a Ruger New Model) that has a half cock notch 'should' be well-timed from the factory and not ring the cylinder. The bolt should rise into the leede, not before it. If it rises early, it should be fixed. Most new guns are properly timed and I do not own one that isn't. A traditional SA that is properly timed but has a ring has been mishandled. All one has to do to take care that your cylinder is never ringed is to never lower the hammer from the half cock notch. Doing so causes the bolt to rise between the leedes and then when the cylinder is turned, the bolt drags on it. Always draw the hammer all the way back to full cock before lowering it. Properly handling a single action will guarantee a lifetime of use without ringing the cylinder. 19 of my 26 single actions are traditional types and only a couple of those that I bought used have a cylinder ring, presumably from mishandling.

    A Ruger New Model is designed for safety, ultimate reliability and ease of mass production. Very little of the hand fitting required for proper timing. So the bolt (latch in Ruger-speak) will always rise early to guarantee proper function. There is also the issue of no half cock notch. Since the loading gate releases the cylinder to rotate, you can close the gate at any location in the cylinder's rotation. So even if properly timed, you would have to make sure you always closed the gate with a bolt notch over the bolt. This can be fixed but most don't bother, even on expensive custom guns.

    DA's are subject to two rings. First is the timing ring. This ring is identical to the one SA's get due to poor timing. It is usually very wide and distinct. In my collection, only my newest S&W has this ring. A late model 629MG that, ironically, has been professionally tuned. The bolt rises about halfway between notches. The rest of my S&W's are properly timed and the bolt does not rise until it is over the leede.

    Most Ruger's will have the heavy ring from an early rising bolt. I'm not familiar enough with Colt DA's to comment on them.

    The second ring is usually quite faint and caused by closing the cylinder when the bolt is between notches and then rotating it to lock. One would have to take care to always close the cylinder with a bolt notch over the bolt and rotate it to that notch to prevent the ring. Most don't bother, including myself.

    I don't have a better pic but you can just make out the two distinct rings on this 629. About halfway between the notches the ring goes from faint to heavy."


    "This single action has seen a lot of use, a lot of shooting and a lot of handling. You can see that it does not have a cylinder ring but that the only wear from the rising bolt is in the leede. This sixgun is perfectly timed. "

  13. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    I drove my brand new car today and the tire tread got dirty. I will never buy that make again or own any car that has dirty tires. Don't tell me it's normal; I am perfection itself and demand perfection in everything I own or use.

    Jim ;)
  14. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    I simply provide information and that's how you respond? Got anything constructive to add Jim, or just sarcastic and stupid comments???

    Merry Christmas to you too. :barf:
  15. CPO15

    CPO15 Well-Known Member

    Craig; I didn't read Jim's post as directed to you, just sarcasm in general. Lighten up, it's Christmas!!!
  16. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I thought Jim was funny.

    He often is...sometimes he means to be :neener:
  17. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Merry Christmas Craig C. Your advice is OK, but you sound like a humorless perfectionist who cannot tolerate any failings in guns or people.

    If you are not that way, and I am reading your post wrong, I apologize.

  18. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    The ring is normal and just indicates you enjoy shooting your gun.
  19. HKGuns

    HKGuns Well-Known Member

    Being fairly new to revolvers as well I have seen posts, I can't remember where, that the ring was a sign of someone "monkey fisting" it who didn't know how to handle a revolver properly!

    I've read several threads on just this subject and they all seem to indicate it is normal use that brings out the ring just as it has on all of my revolvers.

    Why would someone make the claim that a monkey, who doesn't know how to handle a revolver, is responsible for the ring? Are they just idiots who don't really know what they are talking about or is there more to it?
  20. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Well-Known Member

    I'd like to start a fund to pay for a stickectomy for CraigC.

    Seriously, just chill out. The world is not out to insult you. Beleive me, you're not that important. I know I'm not.

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