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fanning Ruger SAA -- why a no-no?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Kaylee, May 8, 2003.

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  1. Kaylee

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    So I've heard from some of my CAS-loving friends that the tanks have an Achilles heel.. fanning a Ruger SAA clone will bust it up but fast.

    ... but none of them can tell me why.

    What is it *specifically* that breaks, and why? And is it that fanning is bad for ALL SAA, and that the weak spot seems extra bad on a weapon otherwise designed tough-tough?

    Or is it something in the "New Model" design that actually can't handle that kind of operation? So then... will an old conventional SAA pattern (say a USFA or such) outlast a Ruger through this kind of use? :confused:



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  2. Jim March

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    What I know for sure is that the gunsmiths converting Ruger New Models to "fanning capable" guns are ditching the transfer bar safety and going to a "must carry on an empty cylinder" setup.

    Methinks that's a clue...
     
  3. Dave T

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    It is very hard on the bolt, the bolt notches in the cylinder, the hand, the full cock notch of the hammer and the sear. It is also a very inaccurate way to shoot and makes you look like a TV watching amature. Other than that, there's nothing wrong with "fanning" as a technique.

    PS: It's even harder on the original SAA style actions than on a Ruger. All the "Fast Draw" types I ever met built highly modified, custom guns on Rugers.
     
  4. JohnKSa

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    It tears up pretty much any stock SA revolver.

    If you want to fan, contact Bob Munden (that's right, the exhibition shooter) few know that he's also a great gunsmith. He can either modify yours, or sell you one that's already been tweaked to stand up to the the extra stress.
     
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