Sunday, March 20, 2016

That. Don't do that

Drop the slide without a magazine in it.  You might want to never do that.

I know it 'looks' cool but it really slams the hell out of the sear face with the hammer hooks.

When you take that gun apart now the sear will look all munged up, rounded over, of even with chunk ripped out.  The only thing worse is to shorten the over travel so much that you catch the half-cock notches on the hammer with the sear.

It's really an appalling sight to see.

Now, you could have done this DOZENS of times already.  And you might be fine.  But once more may be the disaster. 

When doing the safety check after building a 1911 you DO do this procedure.  It's so see if the hammer is gonna ride the slide.  You do it twice.  If you do it a third time the gunsmith will look at you funny and remind you that's an awful lot of money to waste on something you are trying to get pretty good.


Another thing?  Don't close your revolver cylinder with the wrist flick method.  Do I have to explain that one, too?


B said...

Don't be an ass.

Angus McThag said...

Now I want to see a cut-away slow-mo of what's going on when this damage occurs.

The parts have to be bouncing all over the place as the slide comes to rest.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

I wasn't trying to be an ass, B, some people might have no idea that it's not good for the ejector rod. Shoot, they may want to file down the tip a bit to make the ejector catch a bit more easy.

Not too much, tho! It's so hard getting parts you have to be extra careful not to ruin anything.

B said...

Or the crane of the revolver for that matter. The twist can seriously damage it as the cylinder goes into the lock.

I can see your point, somewhat, with the sear. The cartridge might slow the slide a bit.

I doubt it has much difference on a standard factory gun. A hand fitted one such as what you are working on I can see. Could easily undo the handwork you did to get nearly 100% engagement.

Old NFO said...

Good points, and we were taught better, but that was a LONG time ago!

Comrade Misfit said...

Crane or yoke. Depends who made the gun. :)

Saw one guy in a LGS close the cylinder on a EAA-something by the wrist-flick method. The clerk later told me he thought I'd need surgery to get my eyes back into my head.

The customer bought the gun.

Will said...

Can't recall which cop shows had that stupid wrist flip, back in the 70's and 80's. Plus a few movies over the decades.

Anyone have any knowledge of the first screen appearance of it? I suspect a movie in the 1930's, but it's a swag, though.

Projectilist said...

Every FPS video game seems to show too wrist flip revolver reload. That's millions of repetitions it's mentally programmed into people who may have no prior experience with firearms. "Wrist flipping" is also why Randy Lee didn't have any of his revolver action jobs on display at the NRA show last time it was in Houston. Someone wrist flipped the cylinder on his personal revolver a prior show and ruined it.