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Cutting down a revolver barrel

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by txgunsuscg, Dec 20, 2012.

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  1. txgunsuscg

    txgunsuscg Member

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    So, if I have a slightly beat up Speed Six in .38 with a 4 inch barrel and I wanted something a little shorter, bobbed, and pocket-ish, is it possible to have a gunsmith cut down the barrel, or does it need a new, factory 2.5 inch?

    I ask because Numrich is out of 2.5" barrels, but they have a new 4" that I could have cut down...

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Iggy

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    Probably be cheaper to find the gun you want.
     
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    Cutting the barrel and re-crowning it is not a huge job.
    The only tougher part is installing a new front sight.
    The better method is to have the top rib slotted and a new sight pinned in.
    Any competent gunsmith with a milling machine can slot the barrel and install a new sight.

    Shortening is often better than re-barreling because of the difficulty in finding a gunsmith who has all the special tooling needed to change a barrel, AND who knows how it's done correctly.
    The "Done correctly" is the hard part because a surprisingly large number of gunsmiths really don't know all the steps to do correct re-barrel work on revolvers and don't have all the correct tooling.
     
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    Cut, re-crown, and silver solder a new front sight is the cheapest way. Since it's "slightly beat up" you won't have to worry about refinishing.
     
  5. txgunsuscg

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    I'm pretty certain in my gunsmiths abilities, he specializes in revolvers and I've seen some of the work he's done.
     
  6. Lucky Derby

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    A so called professional gunsmith bent the frame on a 629 I had doing a barrel swap.
    Either cut the barrel that is on the gun, or buy/trade for the gun you want.
     
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