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Factory Pre-Firing

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by lensman, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. lensman

    lensman Member

    Anybody know how many rounds are fired by the manufacturer before shipping their new guns? Does it vary?

    I don't buy a lot of new wheelguns, but I did recently get a Ruger New Blackhawk. By all appearances it had been fired only one time.

    And there's a reason I'm asking. I'm looking at a used Vaquero, and the gun shop that has it claims it is unfired (except for the factory test fire). It is obvious that it has been fired at least six times, as the cylinder has the carbon residue showing around each individual cartridge's well.

  2. ewayte

    ewayte Well-Known Member

    I don't know about Ruger's testing procedures, but I recall reading on the Smith & Wesson forum that S&W loads every other charge hole. The exception to this is the first gun in the batch, which has every charge hole loaded. All of my Smiths had residue around every other charge hole.

    All of my Rugers have been fired so I can't go back and check... :)
  3. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Well-Known Member

    I attended S&W Armorer's School in 1997 and they gave us a tour of the factory. Revolvers were test fired with a full cylinder and semi-autos with 5-6 rounds as I recall.
  4. lensman

    lensman Member

    Thanks guys!

    I appreciate your input. So it sounds feasible the guy is not jerking me around, and the only firing was at the factory.

    Happy shooting!
  5. Eightball

    Eightball Well-Known Member

    Nope, he's not kidding you.

    For that matter, do they clean them after the factory test fire? :confused:

    KINGMAX Well-Known Member

    One S&W I had , three times

    I bought a new Smith&Wesson 357 revolver, once that looked as if it had been fired in every other one from the factory. This was back in 1985.
  7. Old 112

    Old 112 Well-Known Member

    A model 15-4 S&W had 3 smoke rings on the face of the cylinder when I bought it. It was used LNIB, but had a faint ring on the cylinder. It now has 6 smoke rings and a happy shooter. Old 112
  8. Im283

    Im283 Well-Known Member

    [For that matter, do they clean them after the factory test fire?]

    They do not clean them after test fire. i was told this at a local gunshop.
    We all know the help at gunshops would never lie;)
  9. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Well-Known Member

    Isn't there a law nowadays that at least spent cartridge has to be sent with every new handgun from the factory?
  10. jetman

    jetman Well-Known Member

    I have a NIB Colt Python and you can see where 2 of the cylinders have been fired through. The aren't adjacent to each other. One cylinder has the carbon and skip a cylinder and the other has the carbon. That's all I can find on my Python anyway.

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