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s&w 686 cylinder drag

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by joebitzky, Mar 18, 2009.

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  1. joebitzky

    joebitzky Member

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    I bought a 686 4inch at a gun show,I thought i inspected it pretty good but obviosly I missed it. When the cylinder is open and the barrel is pointed upward (no im not shooting birds),the cylinder drags on the frame. doesnot appear to having any drag marks on cylinder or frame.Is this something that I should be concerned with?if so how am i to fix the problem.It fires good without any problems,I put 100 rounds thru it this past weekend.Any suggestions or solutions? Joebitzky
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    All S&W revolvers do that.

    The only thing keeping the cylinder from falling out on the ground when it is open is the stop stud just below & to the rear of the frame window opening.

    When the gun is pointed up, the cylinder slides back very slightly and hits the stop stud on the frame.
    When you turn the cylinder it rubs on it, just as it is designed to do.

    If it didn't the cylinder would fall out on the ground.

    rc
     
  3. Hawk

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    is it dragging on the frame lug?

    I believe it should be doing exactly that with the barrel up and cylinder open.

    Depending on how old the 686 is you should see a button with a flat side facing forward that contacts the open cylinder to prevent rearward movement or a raised portion of the frame providing the same function.

    Anyhow, there should be something growing out of the frame that keeps the cylinder from moving backwards when open. It drags. If you tip the barrel down and spin the open cylinder it should be much less "draggy".

    If that's what it is, you can relax. For more fun, come back at some point in time and start a thread inquiring whether the round separate frame lug or swoopy integral frame lug is "better". Great fun on a slow day.
     
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  4. Thaddeus Jones

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    Normal, no worries :)
     
  5. joebitzky

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    thanks for the info,looking at the design of the frame and cylinder I thought that was the way its meant to be.wasnt sure,so i asked.Thanks again, Ill be able to sleep better tonite

    Joebitzky
     
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