I Need Some Help With My Revolver

I Need Some Help With My Revolver

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    I Need Some Help With My Revolver

    First I must apologize for my lack of proper terms, anyway here is my problem.
    I have a smith M66-2 that I have begun noticing an issue with the cylinder as I am firing it or dry firing/trigger control practice. As it cycles around it comes to one spot that it either feels stuck or is hard to pull through. A spot has begun to wear below the relieved portion of the frame that allows the center pin to enter and lock up with the cylinder release latch. Is the crane bent, or has the cylinder center pin been bent? I plan to take it to a local smith for an opinion, but thought I would ask some of you before doing so. Thanks
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    I'd contact Smith and Wesson, as they are known for having top notch CS.
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    +1 on S&W Customer Service.

    You can check the crane arm and ejector rod your self. Unload the gun. Unload it again - is it really unloaded. Close the cycliner and rotate until lockup. Look at the crane arm from the muzzle end of the gun. The joint should be smooth and straight.

    To check the ejector rod, open the cylinder and place rod over a straight line, like a ruler or edge of a book. Slowly turn the ejector rod with the cylinder rotating in a clockwise position. Do you see the ejector rod moving from the line in one or two places during the cylinder rotation? If so, the rod is bent.

    On one revolver I have experienced what you describe, where one cylinder is harder to lockup than the others. A bent ejector rod was the cause.

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    The crane does not appear to be the cause, I think it might well be the ejector rod. Took it to a local smith and he seemed to agree, was goping to give it a more thorough look, then i will decide what to do next. Thanks for the replies btw, much appreciated!
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    I'm going with a bent ejector rod too. That is the easiest and most likely problem.

    A really bad drop onto a hard surface from height or use of the gun as a black jack could bend the yoke (crane if using Colt terminology).

    The yoke can be straightened but it takes a special jig as far as I know.
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    I just realized I never updated the status for my mod 66. I ordered a new extractor rod, extractor, the center pin and it's spring, works like new, very tight lock up. I was relieved I didn't have to send it to Smith and Wesson, however, if it turned out that the crane was bent, I wouldn't have hesitated to send it to them as this revolver was my Dad's and he gave it to me before he passed and was delighted to learn I was using it for concealed carry.
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    Glad you got it fixed shooterX. Those 66's are really nice revolvers, and more so because it was your father's revolver.
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    Thanks ctr...thanks for your input!
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    Hey shooterX;

    Thanks for updating us. I'd forgotten about it but it's always fun to be reminded of a happy ending.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shooterX View Post
    I Need Some Help With My Revolver
    Please, Never get an Auto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dV8r View Post
    Please, Never get an Auto.
    Why am I not suppose to have an semi-auto pistol?

    I am still curious about this statement...do you care to elude to your meaning?


    You're welcome bmcgilvray!
    Last edited by shooterX; September 22nd, 2011 at 03:52 PM. Reason: added an additional question for dv8r
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