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Smith 327 pc problem

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Ralph G. Briscoe, Mar 8, 2012.

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  1. Ralph G. Briscoe

    Ralph G. Briscoe Member

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    The cylinder of my 327pc is far stiffer opening/closing than any of my other Smith revolvers. I practice weak-hand reload, opening the cylinder with right hand only--releasing the catch with my thumb and opening the cylinder with the index finger of my right hand. This is impossible with the 327pc. I've exercised the opening/closing a great deal with no noticeable improvement. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Stainz

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    If it's hard to initiate the opening and finalize the closing - but 'swings' freely otherwise, it's likely the ball detent crane lockup, a feature of most PC revolvers. It's also the nature of the beast, although a drop of oil on the ball detent will soak in after a few opening/closing cycles and may help there. If the cylinder rotates stiffly through it's entire arc, I'd remove it and the yoke (screw forward of the trigger), clean the yoke axle and put one drop of gun oil on your finger tip and wipe it over the cylinder and frame axles before re-assembly. It should spin freely on the yoke while removed from the gun's frame. I hope this helps.

    Stainz
     
  3. BYJO4

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    I would call S&W for advise. Since this is a PC model, it should as good or better than any of your other Smiths.
     
  4. skidder

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    You could try loosing the yoke screw. I had a Taurus with a yoke screw that would stop the cylinder from opening if it was seated all the way.
     
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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