Checking Out Revolvers

Maintenance tips for wheel guns.

by RK Campbell

Despite the auto loading pistol’s popularity, I’m still seeing plenty of revolvers in my shop. Some have been butchered by the owner and others have honest wear. Modern revolvers have been subject to a number of cost cutting modifications and production procedures. While some say the modern revolver is as good, just different, I point to the fact that the pinned and recessed revolvers of a generation ago continue to bring a premium not only from collectors but from those interested in a hard use revolver. Modern revolvers may be consistent due to CNC machine production but in some cases the material is cheaper. Let’s look at the operation and checklist for working the revolver.

Revolver Function Overview
While this description is of Smith and Wesson designs, it applies to most double action revolvers

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