Wheel gun locks--what are they.

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    Wheel gun locks--what are they.

    I do not own any D/A wheel gun, have been thinking about the purchase of one, but I don't know what it is when I read other posters talking about "locks". Does anyone have an illustration that will show me what the heck a lock is???


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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepingZ View Post
    I do not own any D/A wheel gun, have been thinking about the purchase of one, but I don't know what it is when I read other posters talking about "locks". Does anyone have an illustration that will show me what the heck a lock is???


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    See that little black circle right above the chamber release? Thats the lock.

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    SleepingZ, I can't give you the mechanics of the lock, but here is a new generation S&W with one. You can see the hole above the cylinder thumb release which is where you insert the key They have been known to inadvertantly lock themselves up under heavy recoil. I am a S&W collector and the majority of my older school co members on the S&W Forum would never own one.

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    Got'cha, it's the type of lock that the user has a "key" to make the firearm inoperable. Same type of thing found on my Walther P-22 and G-22. Here I was expecting to find some complicated thing that locked the cylinder closed or was an additional safety to keep the cylinder from rotating.

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    S&W Lock

    Around here we call it the 'Hillary Hole'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepingZ View Post
    Here I was expecting to find some complicated thing that locked the cylinder closed or was an additional safety to keep the cylinder from rotating.
    Well, that is what it does. When the lock is engaged the trigger cannot be operated and consequently, the cylinder doesn't rotate upon trigger pull.

    It doesn't lock the cylinder closed, though.
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    "Hillary Hole".....................OUTSTANDING!!!!!
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    The lock is an answer in search of a question. Regards 18DAI.

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    I seem toremember that Taurus had a lock on the hammer before Smith but no one gripes about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTsnub View Post
    I seem toremember that Taurus had a lock on the hammer before Smith but no one gripes about it.
    I think a big part of the gripe with the S&W's in particular is that they had to change the internals to accommodate the lock. As a result, many feel that the trigger pull is not as good as on the pre-lock. And since the mechanism is different, even deactivating the lock doesn't help.
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    If you have the choice of purchasing with or without I would HIGHLY recommend going without. One more thing that could cause your weapon to not go bang when you need it to most!
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    I've been told that when given the choice, go with the lock--because all the S&W snobbies don't like them, they will be rare and of great value in the future!
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    Hillary Hole- I've got to remember that one.

    If the key lock isn't good enough for you (not trying to be nasty) maybe you shouldn't purchase a gun???

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    Quote Originally Posted by 18DAI View Post
    The lock is an answer in search of a question. Regards 18DAI.
    Nah, it has plenty of questions, they are just all stupid.

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    I seem toremember that Taurus had a lock on the hammer before Smith but no one gripes about it.
    I am sure that some people out there do gripe about it. I don't bother, Taurus doesn't make anything that interests me anyway. If they did, I would either find a way to totally remove their lock, or I'd go without the product. I don't own a single handgun with an internal lock and I don't intend to start now. Should the time come when I can't purchase a new handgun without an IL or remove said IL and insure proper function, I simply won't buy any more new handguns. I have more than I "need" now, all the ones I buy are about "want" anyway.

    Its one more thing, and a completely unnecessary thing at that, that could fail and cause a malfunction. I don't find that acceptable in any firearm that might even possibly be used for defense.
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    I have two guns with locks and just ignore them. I also ignore the tether locks that all of my handguns came with. Ignorance is bliss.
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