J Frame died on the range today.

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    J Frame died on the range today.

    I was shooting with someone showing him the revolver manipulations I learned in the de Bethencourt class so he could get an idea of how to manage ammo and reload the wheel gun...when all of a sudden it died.

    The trigger is dead. Does not move the hammer at all.

    Wasn't his fault. May not even have been mine...even though I've probably dry-fired the gun to death.

    It's not a new gun, it's a Model-49 and it appears to be about 30 or more years old, so it was probably due for something to happen.

    It appears to be just one of those things.

    It's going back to S&W and I'm sure they will take care of me, but it was a good warning about if it can break, it will.

    Also, it was a good lesson on revolvers - they don't break often, but when they do, they go down HARD.
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    Bummer, but thanks for the reality check. The 'five for sure' mantras grate on me occasionally. Quite the blessing that this happened at the range!
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    Just goes to prove, nothing is infallible. Even Glocks and wheel guns break. At least it happened when your life wasn't dependent on it.
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    Is there any tension on the trigger at all, or is it just kind of "free floating" around?
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    It's also good that it's a S&W and they will stand behind it regardless of it's age!
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    If man made it; man can break it
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    Sorry to hear the bad news.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    Not bad for a 30 year old part to break!
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    Better at the range than in a WalMart parking lot.
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    I have a model 49 that is 51 years old. It has tons of carry-wear character, but hasn't been shot to death. I don't carry it much anymore in lieu of my 442. Like you said, revolvers don't fail often, but when they do it is not something easy to overcome. I mostly carry 2 guns, either 2 revolvers or 1 semi and 1 revolver. The odds of both failing at the same time is so low that if it did happen then it was meant to be my time.
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    My new J frame froze up on my after 5 rounds of .38 factory ammo.
    Sold it, bought a LCR!

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    I wonder if the double action sear broke.

    I still take comfort in the revolver for most of my self-defense needs. Especially Smith & Wesson revolvers.
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    You know, now that you mention it, I had a friend that had a S&W 38 special lock up on him when we were in high school. The gun completely seized. I can't remember exactly what happened, but after working with it a while, we were able to finally get the cylinder to swing out and that fixed things. It was not something you could fix during a gun fight. Please let us know how your story plays out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Two guns is one gun; one gun is no gun.
    Aye, a good case for carrying a backup.

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