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S&W 696 cylinder locking up

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by yotehunter, Jan 24, 2003.

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  1. yotehunter

    yotehunter Member

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    I have a new 696 44 spl that I just brought home. It has never been fired, I was going to the range tomorrow so I cleaned the barrel and put a drop of oil on the usual moving parts. I did not take anything apart. After cleaning I closed the cylinder then went to open it and it wouldnt open. I pushed the latch and lightly smacked the cylinder and it then opened.
    I then looked everything over and it all looked ok. So I closed the cylinder again and now its locked up good. Everything else seems to be fine, the cylinder rotates and the hammer cocks and fires.
    While checking it out in the shop it all functioned fine.
    Anyone ever see this before. I dont expect this from a revolver that I havent even owned 1 hr. :fire:
     
  2. J Miller

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    Check your ejector rod. It could have come unscrewed. This will lock up a S&W real good.
    It has a left hand thread so becarefull how you turn it.
    If this is the case, just tighten the ejector rod up.
    If it comes loose again I would suggest "BLUE" Loctite. That is what I use on mine.
     
  3. yotehunter

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    I checked that and it appears to be tight. It feels like the latch isnt moving its full stride to unlock the cylinder.
     
  4. zeke

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    Are there scrape marks on the front of the cylinder ?
     
  5. yotehunter

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    No, I dont see any scrape marks. Looking the thing over I cant notice anything unusal.
     
  6. VictorLouis

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    Work a business card up under and around the rod

    This will allow you a lot of extra leverage to get it open in conjunction with moving the thumbpiece.
     
  7. Pappy John

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    First...I'm jealous... I've been wanting one of these for a while now.
    Second...I appalled... that Smith, after all thier recent problems with loss of market share, and thier quality control isn't catching things like this.
    Third...Yer scarin' me, Man! I know I'm eventually gonna get one of these and now I'm gonna be waitin' for the first little glitch it has.
    Since it's a new gun maybe there's some internal grit, or a metal flake from machining in the interior works binding the release mechanism. I don't know if it would void warrantee or not but I'd probably lift the side plate and look for something simple like that before I returned it.
     
  8. yotehunter

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    Well I messed with it some and got it to open then I just pushed the release a few times and it seemed sticky. I sprayed some gun scrubber in it then reoiled and worked the release a few more times and it all seems good now.
    The release doesnt feel stickey anymore and the cylinder opens nice. Maybe there is some grit inside ill have to open it up and see, but its working good now.
    I hope you can find a 696. I looked for awhile to find mine. I was told that they are discontinued now. I shot it today and it sure shots nice, This is going to be my carry gun as soon as I find a nice holster.
     
  9. ruger357

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    That happened to me at a gun shop a few weeks ago. I was checking out a nickeled S&W model 19, and I opened and shut the cyl. a few times and it gut stuck. Too bad because the action was as smooth as a Python.
     
  10. yotehunter

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    Well I hope my problem is fixed, I have open and closed the cylinder atleast 50 times now and it hasnt stuck again. I think it just had a rough spot somewhere and it worked it way in.
     
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    Something simple no one mentioned:

    A flake of powder or a bit of crud Under the extractor star can cause this to happen, tie up the gun so the latch will not release the cylinder. Always clean under the extractor star and dont use too much oil.
     
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    I am so glad I found this thread on google. My Cylinder had been sticking on my S&W Model 64. I cleaned and cleaned but it still stuck. After reading this thread, I found the ejector rod to be unscrewed by about 10 turns. Tightened that up and WHAM, cylinder comes out every time!
    Thanks & Great Thread!
     
  13. Old Fuff

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    When buying a new and unfired revolver, I always make a practice of popping the sideplate and cleaning the interior. Years back they did this at the factory, but apparently not now. If you unconfortable about opening the gun up, remove the stocks and go at the inside with gunscrubber or the like, then re-lubricate.
     
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    The interior cleaning idea is a good thing. I have had several new ones that looked like they swept the metal shavings off the floor and right into the action.
     
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    "This is going to be my carry gun as soon as I find a nice holster."


    I would rethink this untill you have a couple hundred down range at LEAST. If it locked up on you, you need to find out why so that you can fix the problem and have a clear head if you ever need to pull the trigger (god forbid). this is just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt, but all of my carry guns I would bet my life could run 400 rds. right now without a hicup. I do have several that I would not make that statement for and I like them to I just dont trust them enough to carry them:)
     
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    Wow. A five year old thread. That has to be close to a record.
     
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    Like Old Fuff, I also open up any gun I acquire, used or new. It's amazing what I sometimes find inside a factory new gun!
     
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    Maybe, but it got our new member, Fredzep out of trouble, and that's what matters. :)
     
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    Good threads never die. It almost makes me want to bring back that 12 page megathread from 2002. I think it was titled "The New S&W Lock". Wouldn't that be fun. :evil:
     
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    Hopefully the OP had a chance to do that since he posted back in January 2003. :D

    Cleaning is an unfortunate necessity with new guns. I have found several S&Ws with significant amounts of metal waste, and most are essentially unlubricated.
     
  21. JungleJohn

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    S & w 696

    I am also the proud owner of a S & W 696. Someone made the comment this thread has been running 5 years. Well, make that 6. :eek:

    I guess I have been lucky with my Smith-the only problem I have is finding enough time to shoot it. While I have had a lot of firearms come and go, this one still remains one of my favorites and will remain in my care as long as I am still breathing, after which it will be my grandson's.

    Anyone want to share there pet loads with me? I would like a recommended load for target shooting as well as a home defense load since I sleep within arms reach of it. Cast, JHP's, SP's?

    Many thanks in advance and help keep this thread alive!!

    JJ
     
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    44 special load

    My favorite 44 Special load
    5.5 Grains of American Select
    220 Grain Plated Bullet

    I have 4 S&W 44 Specials
    2 3" 24-3 Lew Horton
    1 3" 696
    1 6" 624
    also a colt clone 4 5/8 Uberti
    I like this load in all but the 624, for that I use same bullet but 13 Grains of 2400
    Try loads carefully , but work great in my guns ! Very clean shooting at the range
    much cleaner but similar to Bullseye otherwise.
     
  24. ChemicalArts

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    Google makes thread resurrection a common occurence. This thread has now come back to life twice. It's six years old. Cool.
     
  25. JungleJohn

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    Thanks for the loading data!!!! I will try them all:)
     
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