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What do these revolver services add?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by rWt, Jan 9, 2005.

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  1. rWt

    rWt Member

    Sep 20, 2004
    SE Michigan
    I see the following services offered by a number of Smith's. Are they important for a defensive revolver? What do they do?

    1. Add overtravel stop to trigger
    2. Install ball detent in crane
    3. chamfer cylinder mouths
  2. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 3, 2003
    South PA, and a bit West of center!
    Hi Dick!

    #1 - I like this ... provided, the set screw can be reliably secured - locktite, and I like to slightly mar the threads so as to get a strong bite - just a smidgeon is enough. Definitely improves fluency of D/A IMO.

    #2 - Never tried this and don't think I'd regard it as a big plus. Much for me depends on hold and technique whilst cylinder being manipulated.

    #3 - Very useful for speedloads ... does help to prevent rounds hanging up.... always seems to be one in a set that does not quite want to go in!
  3. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    On a defensive revolver, only #3 has any utility, or is even desirable.

    A trigger stop is unnecessary on a defensive S&W revolver, since this is an option for full-up target shooters.
    On the typical S&W revolver there is little trigger over-travel anyway, and most users can detect little if any change.

    With most trigger stops, there is a real danger of the stop moving out of adjustment and preventing the gun from firing.
    NOT desirable in a defense situation, which is why few serious defense revolvers or autos have stops.

    The ball-lock detent, is again, mostly for target revolvers.
    This is simply a spring-loaded ball installed into the revolvers cylinder crane, that provides a little extra locking power for the crane.
    Again, this is another thing than can go wrong and cause problems just when you have enough trouble.

    Chamfering the chamber mouths is an aid to fast reloading with a speed-loader.
    As long as it's not so deep it weakens case support for full-power defense ammo, it's a good option in case you have to do a combat reload.

    So, I'd suggest an order of #3, hold the #1 and 2.
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