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Expert Opinion on S&W Canted Barrels

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by SullyVols, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. SullyVols

    SullyVols Well-Known Member

    I have 2 'modern' S&W revolvers with canted barrels. I've already gotten a shipping label from Smith to have them examine my gun and have done everything but send it off.

    The more I read into the topic the more conflicted I am. Seams like half believe its absolutely unacceptable because it defeats the blade sight system and half say dont touch it if it shoots straight. Im new to shooting and am by no means a geat shot.

    My 629-6 6.5" barrel is overtightened 3-5 degrees so the sight and barrel are clearly off, at 25 yards with rear blade all the way left I put holes in the carboard target holder and one on edge of target - with sights centered I was 18/18 on paper with about a 12" group slightly left but on paper. I was 4/6 with my 19 and 4/8 with my desert eagle from the same range. The 19 has a pinned barrel and the desert eagle was zeroed for me.

    I brought it to 20' and on the first shot drilled the bullseye.

    Truth to claim Smith turns barrel to zero gun? Beginners luck or need more info?
  2. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    I know of 2 other that sent theirs back to get corrected. They seam to have a QC problem from time to time.
  3. SullyVols

    SullyVols Well-Known Member

    It's obviously a manufacturing issue no matter how you slice it - but I don't want my revolver to come back with a perfectly aligned barrel - yet not shoot straight.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    They aren't shooting straight now, or your 629 sight wouldn't be out of adjustment and your MOdel 19 wouldn't be shooting off the target.

    However, if you are accuracy testing at 20 feet to get hits??

    You might want to get a better shooter to try them both before you fix something that isn't broke.

    Just say'n!

  5. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Colt routinely turned the barrels of its fixed sight DA revolvers in or out to adjust windage. S&W can't do that too much since then the front cylinder locking bolt wouldn't line up with the extractor rod.


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