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Question for S&W Smiths

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bluetopper, Mar 30, 2010.

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  1. bluetopper

    bluetopper Member

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    I just purchased a 3" barrel for my model 29-2 that currently has a 6" barrel. I bought it on gunbroker but haven't got it in yet.

    Do I also need to buy a shorter ejection rod and different locking bolt? I have read that perhaps I may have to.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Oro

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    The ejection rod is shorter on the 3" N frames. The shroud is shorter, so the longer one won't fit in. A competent gunsmith could alter it downward, but it's cheap to just buy a new one; they are not pricey.

    It appears the locking bolt is different. The length appears compatible, but the cross-pin placement is different. The 3" barrels I have and the 3.5" one differ in how far the pin is set forward from the shroud recess. The shorter barrel has it placed closer to the cut-out (closer to the cylinder, relatively speaking). The new barrel, if it's a take-off, will likely have it still installed (most take-offs do, but no guarantee). If it's an overrun from the Lew Horton guns last year or 2008, then it probably doesn't.
     
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  3. Black Knight

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    I'm not a "smith" but I have a S&W 65 with a 3" barrel and the rod is the same as for the 4" barrel. I don't believe you will need to change the ejector rod. If it were a 2 1/2" barrel my answer would probably be different.

    Thanks ORO. I had one of those strange moments and forgot the difference in frame sizes.
     
  4. Oro

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    Yes, exactly. With the K's, the rod size changes between 2.5" (short) and 3" (regular). With N's, it is 3" and 3.5" respectively.
     
  5. bluetopper

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    The barrel is from Numrich and is supposed to be new without a locking bolt, spring or pin.
    I ordered the spring and pin but they didn't have the locking bolt for a 3" barrel as is what perked my curiousity as to the fact they might be different from other length barrels.

    Does anyone know where I might find a locking bolt and ejector rod for a 3" N framed barrel?

    Thanks Oro for the info.
     
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