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S&W cylinder disassembly

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TT, Oct 25, 2006.

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  1. TT

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    I’m planning to send the cylinder of my S&W 442 in for refinishing. I know how to remove the cylinder/crane assembly from the frame, but how do I remove the cylinder from the crane? Didn’t have any luck searching for ‘S&W’ + ‘cylinder’ + ‘disassembly’- got an error page.

    Thanks,
    Ted
     
  2. jaybar

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    Cylinder removal ??

    To remove the cylinder from the crane - hold the crane with your left hand, hold the rear of the cylinder with your right hand and pull. It slides right off.
     
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    Ah! Thanks! :)
     
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    The bigger the hammer, the sooner you'll get it apart.
     
  5. TT

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    Well, when all you have is a hammer, etc, etc… :eek:

    Was that a warning against hapless hacks disassembling their revos, or is it really hard to separate the cylinder from the crane?:confused:
     
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    It should slide right off unless it's real dirty
    then it might stick a little.
     
  7. Standing Wolf

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    That was mostly tongue in cheek. I've been hanging out with a couple gunsmiths at work. One's a geezer my age. The other's fresh out of gunsmithing school. Both jest about needing bigger hammers.

    That said™, the one time I encountered a J frame revolver with a stuck cylinder, I couldn't get it open for love nor money. The senior gunsmith looked it over about 15 seconds, then gave the cylinder a good whack with a non-metallic mallet. Presto!
     
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    I don't think I have the guts to whack the cylinder with a hammer! :eek:

    If it sticks I'll just file it off... :eek:
     
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    Probably late, but I would remove the cylinder from the crane, but NOT disassemble the cylinder. Let the person who is refinishing the cylinder do that; he probably has the right tools.

    Jim
     
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    Sounds like good advice, Jim. The cylinder assembly came right out. It's getting shipped to Mac's Shooting Irons today. Thanks to everyone for their help. :)
     
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