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I cant get my dan wesson 357 to open

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by danielwesson, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. danielwesson

    danielwesson New Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    Do I just hold the release down and push the magazine out to the leftside?

    There isnt some extra safety or anything on this?

    It is the blued version.


  2. Deanimator

    Deanimator Elder

    Mar 30, 2006
    Rocky River, Ohio
    1. I think you mean "cylinder", not "magazine"?

    2. Do you have the barrel-cylinder gap feeler gauge that came with the gun? If so, does it fit between the cylinder and the barrel? If not, you probably have the barrel screwed in too tight. Assuming that you have the barrel tool, take the barrel nut off using it. Remove the barrel shroud. Then unscrew the barrel until the feeler gauge will easily slide in and out while still having contact with both surfaces. If you don't have the gauge, just unscrew the barrel a turn and see if the cylinder opens. If so, it's still the barrel turned in too tightly. Contact CZ/DW and order a feeler gauge.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  3. loneviking

    loneviking Active Member

    Apr 28, 2008
    Carson City, NV.
    Before you go to all that trouble fiddling with the barrel, pull the hammer back about halfway and see if the cylinder will spin freely. If the cylinder will spin freely, then you either have a busted cylinder release latch, or maybe a bent crane. If the cylinder doesn't spin, then either the star on the ejector has jammed the cylinder, or you might have the afore-mentioned barrel problem.
  4. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 24, 2002
    Georgetown, TX
    if the cylinder wont turn (ie, you can't cock the hammer) you may have a squib, ie, a bullet stuck in the forcing cone won't let the cylinder turn.

    If this is the case, use a dowel and a hammer to knock the bullet back into the cylinder.
  5. Colt46

    Colt46 Active Member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Stupid question

    Dan Wesson's have their cylinder release in an unusual place(accurately depicted in your photo). Could it be that you just are unfamiliar with the mechanics of the DW? First time my brother handed me his I emptied then had fits trying to unload it. He laughed his ass off at my attempts to open the cylinder.
  6. Majic

    Majic Mentor

    May 3, 2003
    The release can be a little tricky so make sure you are pulling it all the way down. Next hold the revolver up to a light and look for daylight in the B/C gap. If no light then drop a pencil down the barrel, mark it and hold the pencil against the outside of the barrel to see if you have a squid load. If no squid then back the barrel out a few turns and see if that don't free the cylinder. If the revolver is loaded it could be a cartridge not fully seated or a high primer. You could also have fouling under the ejector star.

    BTW....feeler gauges are feeler gauges. Just get a set of SAE feeler gauges. You don't need to have the factory send you one.
  7. KI.W.

    KI.W. Active Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    With my .357 Super Mag will the ejecktorstar axlepin to loose.

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