This is a discussion on What's the correct revolver cylinder closing procedure? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by soIcouldSee Assuming there is one. I should note I'm referring specifically to the S&W 642/442 J-Frames, although I'm sure any procedure would ...
The closing of the revolver is not the main cause of the turn line; instead, the normal operation results in the turn line.
I used to think of revolvers as simple guns and autoloaders as the Rube Goldbergs, but to me now it is the other way around. If the autoloader feeds, extracts and ejects reliably, chances are it will run fine. The parts needed to achieve these operations can be forgiving in tolerance relative to the parts for timing in a revolver. At least that's that way I see it, but some may disagree.
I push it shut with my left thumb on the crane and then index it, as long as you aren't slamming it or flicking it shut or indexing it really hard you should be alright.
I as well thought closing the cylinder by pressing on the crane was the proper way to perform it, then index the cylinder.
you should rotate the barrel 10 full revolutions to the right, then 5 to the left, then 3 to the right... make sure everything is then "perfectly" aligned with the barrel .... and then just push the cylinder in so it's closed and charge on.
Personally... I do use the flick method at times, done it for 40 yrs, and never had an issue as a result of it. Typically, I push the wheel in , it locks in place and off we go.
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The habit of flicking the cylinder shut gains you nothing in time, and costs you time because it's slower "shot to shot" on the clock.
OK, so you've been doing it for 40 years. As a Tactical Trainer that tells me that you've been doing it wrong for 40 years. You have been reinforcing a bad habit. It's is nothing more a training scar at this point (IMO).
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I have two revolvers a Colt Python and a Colt SAA both in new condition and both safe queens and I don't want to scar them.
They are too valuable (to me) to flick my wrist, spin the cylinder and slam it shut.
Thanks for your post.
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I push the cylinder closed and rotate it until it's lined up with the barrel. Not much to it, it is a revolver, there aren't too many options.
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Just close the darn thing and holster it or shoot something . We got to make a federal case out of closing a revolver.
I don't understand how to manipulate a crane on a Smith and Wesson.
If there is sufficient cover around, like a tree or something, I like to smack the reloaded cylinder closed HARD onto the surface to be sure it is closed than continue the fire fight. In the heat of the moment fine motor movements are going to go out the window, so I either do that or smash the cylinder with an open hand palm strike to make sure it is EXTREMELY CLOSED so I can continue the fight.
In reality, I just use the support hand to push on the cylinder until it snaps, then use my support fingers to turn the cylinder until it indexes.
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Just gently close it unless you are taking fire, simplicity is the revolver....