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What would you like to see in a new revolver design?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Colt451985, Mar 19, 2013.

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  1. Orion8472

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    Thanks for the suggestion, BCRider. :)
     
  2. blueskyjaunte

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    To all the top-break naysayers: when I proposed a top-break I was NOT referring to a Schofield replica or similar.

    I'm talking about a MODERN revolver, chambered in a MODERN cartridge, that features the ambidextrous ease-of-ejection and -reload of a top-break. With modern materials, heat treatment technology, and machining I see no reason an 8-round .357 Magnum top break would be unmanageable. Yes, it would require some major rethinking in terms of design and engineering. And it may end up being as ugly as the Chiappa Rhino. ;) :D But IMHO it can be done.
     
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    We know that but the point remains. Top-breaks have never been huge sellers. If they offered some huge advantage over even Colt-style single actions, they would be more popular. Is a "modern" design really going to offer anything not served by existing DA's?

    You guys talk about "modern machining" as if it results in guns better fitted than 100yrs ago. The best guns in the world are still hand made and hand-fitted, not machined and slapped together.
     
  4. Screwball

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    9mm J-frame, which I don't need moonclips for...

    Since I carry a 9mm on duty, it would be nice to have a revolver I could just toss in ammo from a spare magazine.
     
  5. blueskyjaunte

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    The best guns in the world are still hand fitted. Yes, I agree 100%.

    However, the tolerances achievable with modern machining (EDM, CNC, etc) means that larger volumes can be produced with less hand-fitting required to get to something that works. With a "dream" shop you can get much closer to the finished product faster than you can without one. This also means you can get feedback on design/engineering changes faster.
     
  6. Lost Sheep

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    Ruger made one on the Service-Six platform. Medusa makes one (still, I think).

    Lost Sheep
     
  7. Scrumbag

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    For me it would be a decent .357 Mountain gun.

    Lightweight, strouded ejector rather than underlugged barrel in a K frame size

    Interchangeable cylinders for 357/38 and 9mm (9mm cylinder having rimless type star and / or cut for moon clips).
     
  8. savit260

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    Isn't that called a Model 19?
     
  9. Scrumbag

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    Savit, you're kinda right but it is a bit fragile with .357 Mags and doesn't have the other cylinder...
     
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    They did do a 686 Mountain Gun but not a convertible. Although a convertible is really unnecessary with a double action, all you need is to cut it for moon clips.
     
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    I wish a company would offer a made to order revolver. You pick the frame size, material, caliber, features, finish, etc. Everything is a la carte.

    ex.: J frame, steel, blued, 6 shot, 327 fed mag, 3" bbl, notch rear, gold bead front, full underlug, wood boot grip, etc.
     
  12. KenW.

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    Kind of like the "Build A Bear" teddy bear place in the mall?
     
  13. savit260

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    There are gunsmiths that will do just that, but your pockets will need to be deeper than for an off the shelf piece.
     
  14. KenW.

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    A 6-shot J-Frame? Sacrilage! Repent, I say!
     
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    A sleeve operated by the trigger/hammer to close the cylinder gap
     
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    Isn't the problem with a modern topbreak the durability of the lock mechanism when under pressure from calibers bigger than .38 Special or so?

    I would be satisfied to see production of 3" J- and K-frames and the return of Colt DA revolvers.
     
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    Not exactly a new design, but reintroduce the Taurus .500 S&W Magnum revolver chambered as a 7-round .357 Maximum (they had the still-born 7-round .223) and a 6-round .445 SuperMag. While they're at it, incorporate the barrel/shroud system of the Dan Wesson.
    Oh, and bring back the M607 but with an 8" barrel and chambered for the .360 Dan Wesson.
     
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    I'd like to see a 7 round, 3", 9mm with full moon clips.

    I'd like to see a 5" bbl and just about anything.

    3", 4", 5", and 6" on revolvers would just be great...instead of just 4 or 6.
     
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    This would be fantastic as it would let them build a .44 magnum revolver rifle, something I've pondered for some time. I have a lever action .44, but it's not the same.
     
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    Public Defender shortened to accept 45colt only.
     
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    I don't buy into the idea that a topbreak can't handle modern higher pressure cartridges. The Russians designed one to fire .357 mag, and had a polymer frame!

    I think a modern version of the classic Iver Johnson Safety hammerless in stainless, and chambered for 9x19 would sell. Give it nightsights, a 2" barrel, and a comfy set of grips, and you might have the best carry revolver ever.
     
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    How about a top break with a latch that is user replaceable? If that's the area where they wear out / beat themselves to death, why not recognize that and solve it by making it a field replaceable part? Like extractors and recoil springs in a semi-auto?
     
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    It exists -- the Nagant revolver. There are no real advantages to the design, which is why you don't see new ones coming out today.
     
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