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Fanning a revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by quatin, Apr 6, 2007.

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  1. quatin

    quatin Member

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    Good idea? Bad idea? Any harm done to the gun? I just now noticed some vids of people actually doing this.
     
  2. Vern Humphrey

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    Bad idea. The guns used for fanning are specially tuned for that purpose. Using a standard Colt SAA would be an act of desecration.
     
  3. ZeSpectre

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    Fanning only applies to SAA type guns.
    It's extremely hard on the hardware and very inaccurate.
    I did it once just to see what it was like, wouldn't do it again.
     
  4. Plink

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    Fanning throws the gun out of time very quickly as the internals take a heavy pounding that they're not designed for.
     
  5. bakert

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    Don't do it regardless of what you see on TV and movies. Fine way to really mess up a single action revolver. Very good way to screw up timing and innards and even the cylinder notches.
     
  6. plumberroy

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    the rear sight of a blackhawk leaves a nice imprint on your off hand If you use maxload .41 mag. with 215 hardcast bullets. ouch!!!! last time I fanned a revolver
    Roy
     
  7. lensman

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    You might want to try it just once ... then again, you might not.

    As an aside, this is from the Cowboy Fastdraw Association competition guidelines:

    1. FANNING OR TWO HANDED SHOOTING IS ALLOWED: If
    fanning or using the opposite hand for recoveries, the
    contestant’s opposite hand must not be moved in front of the
    body until the start light comes on.
    Warning: Fanning is very hard on your hammer notches, cylinder
    notches, and trigger. Revolvers with firing pins attached to the
    hammers can cause injury to the fanning hand.
     
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