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Question about model 629...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by reddog26, Nov 19, 2006.

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  1. reddog26

    reddog26 Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    I am guessing I am an idiot and that is why I cant figure this out. I just bought a brand new Smith and Wesson model 629 classic. I am having problems getting the chamber to swing open. I turned the lock off, and I cant figure out what else it could be. The gun will cock, and the chamber will spin, but I am unable to get the chamber open. Any suggestions? Is there a factory setting (since it is a brand new gun) that I have missed? Thanks is advance.
  2. carebear

    carebear Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Anchorage, AK
    The cylinder pin may have unscrewed itself a bit. They can do that even with dry fire. This leaves the cylinder latch unable to clear the pin recess at the front.

    One way to screw it back in without forcing the gun open first is to press on the knurled end of the cylinder pin, very hard, and then cock the weapon. The cylinder will turn and with the pin prevented from spinning, will screw it back down. Repeat until you can get it open.

    The cylinder pin is reverse threaded (lefty tighty). You can unscrew it and very carefully put a small dab of blue (medium, can be forced if necessary by a gunsmith) locktite on the threads and reassemble it. The locktite will prevent it from unscrewing itself.

    If that sounds too complicated you can either check it for tightness every few cylinders worth of shooting or have a gunsmith do the securing.
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