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What's the black magic surrounding revos?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Solomonson, Nov 2, 2020.

  1. Solomonson

    Solomonson Member

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    Why do so many treat the design and manufacture of double-action revos as if they're akin to designing and building space satellites or high tech automobiles?

    If you really consider a DA revo from a machine design/product engineering standpoint, they're not that big of a deal. Particularly when you consider the advanced CAD, CNC, and other high tech design tools and manufacturing processes available today.

    Is it largely a bunch of folklore? Thanks.
     
  2. 1KPerDay

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    Not really sure what you’re asking.
     
  3. JJFitch

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    I don't know what the magic is either but I like it! I have several DA only revolvers for competition! :)
     
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  4. Mr. Mosin

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    70 years ago ? High technology. Now ? Not quite as "drop in" as Glock, but getting there.
     
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  5. .38 Special

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    Chalk me up as another member with reading comprehension issues.
     
  6. wiscoaster

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    If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well. There's a bunch of pretty junky and crappy revolvers out there. Hawes Schmidt for one. And there's also some very fine examples of superior craftmanship out there. Smith & Wesson for one.

    It's not "folklore". An example of a well-designed, expertly manufactured and finely finished revolver is a work of art and craftsmanship you seldom see in many mass-produced articles today. And such an article not only retains but increases its value because of its superior attributes. And delights the esthetic senses of its owner and user as well as performs flawlessly for him or her. But on the other hand you can produce a cheap, throw-together, clunky and junky article that works at first but quickly goes awry and ends up as junk with no value and displeases its owner and serves him or her poorly if at all. Call it "black magic" if you will, but it's simply a recognition and appreciation of something done well.
     
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  7. defjon

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    It isn't very clear to me exactly what you're asking.

    Some of the lock work involved in revolvers required a Smith worth their salt to ensure timing and proper fitment. It's a level of artisan crafting that differs than mim/plug and play firearms of today.

    One existed because machinery was expensive and skilled labor was cheap.

    One exists because automation /machinery is cheaper and skilled labor is expensive or somewhat unnecessary.
     
  8. Corpral_Agarn

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    "an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age..."
     
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  9. Sistema1927

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    Revolvers? If you have to ask, then you probably aren't going to get it.
     
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  10. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    That right there.

    Revos are sunglasses. Confusing sunglasses with revolvers is a sure sign that someone doesn't get it.
     
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  11. Whiskeyhotel2020

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    Nostalgia,simplicity, and there is just something about the lines.

    Edit- I forgot the most important characteristic Reliable.
     
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  12. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    You got that backwards. Revolvers are like a mechanical watch in a smartwatch world. Spacecraft and computer controlled automobiles might as well be railguns in comparison.

    What you get with a revolver is something similar to a handgun version of a manually operated repeating rifle. If you enjoy using manually operated long arms, you may enjoy using a revolver.
     
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  13. 45 Dragoon

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    Well, I think it's an announcement of just how smart someone thinks they are above everyone else. I really doubt they/he could explain the even simpler lock work of a single action. How to set up, time, which part does what to influence another . . . Not to mention what can be done to maximize the accuracy of the mechanics of the action itself.

    We should all bow down!! Pfffffftt!!!!

    Mike
     
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  14. Kleanbore

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    Nor am I.
     
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  15. Fiv3r

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    Stuffing a question full of puffery and simile does not make it easier to read or comprehend.

    I'm pretty sure most feel that the DA revolver is A) a very robust and reliable design compared to some semi automatic pistols, and B) are this way due to well made lockwork, timing, and attention to manufacturing detail (for the most part).
     
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  16. UncleEd

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    Simply looking at the workings of a SA/DA
    revolver may lead one to believe it's not
    very complicated.

    But try engineering one that works exceedingly
    well and you will understand the "magic" of
    the SA/DA revolver.

    Even with the new manufacturing techniques,
    it's still an engineering marvel.
     
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  17. Monac

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    Revolvers are revos now? Since when? I did not get the memo.
     
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  18. samtron

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    I'm confused what is a revo?
     
  19. Gladius

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    A well-made revolver is a thing of art. There is a style and a beauty, and I dare I say it, "soul", to a good wheelgun. The Star Wars line really does apply -- they are elegant weapons. They harken back to older times, times when American quality was a thing and cops wore real leather gear and drove big sedans. The modern automatic may be able to do a lot of things better and more efficiently than a revolver, but it lacks those admittedly subjective qualities.
     
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  20. edwardware

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    I was going to ask how many hands and cylinder stops you've hand-fit, and try to explain the delightful process of learning how they really work, but. . .
    nevermind.
     
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  21. shoebox1.1

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    Tuco in the good bad and the ugly..
    Browsing the gun counter.. says “revolvers?”..
    Gun store owner— revolvers!

    watch 2 min mark lol

     
  22. MaxP

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    No black magic, but panache, style, function, reliability - need I continue?
     
  23. bangswitch

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    I look at a well-made revolver as Model A Ford technology, taken to the level of tune and beauty as a F1 car.
     
  24. Antihero

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    I dont think anyone views a revolver as a high tech sort of gun or at least I didn't until I saw this post
     
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  25. jaguarxk120

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    We know what it takes to make a revolver, BUT!

    Why are there no S&W 500's or 460 auto loaders?? Yes there are 50 caliber auto loading pistols,
    but not in the same class as the S&W's.
    The revolver is the king of handguns and will remain in that position until a different hand held gun comes around!
     
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