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First revolver question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gfpd707, Mar 30, 2011.

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  1. gfpd707

    gfpd707 Member

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    I have purchased my first revolver a s&w 442. Is there any need to take of the side cover and lube the internals? Second question. I have tried to search but have come up empty. What should I lube on a enclosed hammer revolver.
     
  2. LKB3rd

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    It is lubed at the factory. I clean and lube exposed moving parts, focusing on the cylinder area for most cleaning, and I drop a drop or two around the hammer. I also give a light coat of oil to all exposed metal, which I wipe down afterward. Especially if it is being stored for any length of time. You could give it a thorough cleaning, removing the side plate after shooting a lot (like a season), but it shouldn't need that too often.
     
  3. jfh

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    No, there is no need to remove the side plate. And, any internal lubrication needed can be done with a simple drop or two of oil applied externally.

    And, if curiosity simply gets the better of you, I suggest you search for videos on YouTube that show you the proper way to remove the side plate. I also suggest buying the Jerry Kuhnhausen 'Revolver' Book if you are interested in detail stripping, real or imagined gunsmithing needs, and so on.

    Here is a very simple (but satisfactory) link on cleaning a revolver.

    Note that he does NOT include removing the crane / cylinder assembly. Because I shoot reloads, I do that nearly everytime I clean--some of my preferred loads are dirty, and the bores need special attention.

    Jim H.
     
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