Colt official police 38 special heavy barrel -- Unload?

Colt official police 38 special heavy barrel -- Unload?

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    Colt official police 38 special heavy barrel -- Unload?

    Hi folks, my stepfather's dad passed away two days ago, and my mother and him inherited this firearm. I'm about three hours away, so I have not had the chance to inspect it. I'm familiar with typical revolvers and the thumb release to open the wheel, but this one looks a tad different. Is the release in the same spot as a normal revolver, or is there a different method to unloading this old firearm? Thanks to anyone who is familiar with this particular gun!


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    Early model Colt is the same as the newer ones just pull the cylinder release to the rear and the cylinder will swing out, great looking revolver by the way.
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    The cylinder release is in the same location (circled), but with Colts, you pull back rather than push forward as with S&Ws.

    Also, the cylinder rotates opposite to S&Ws... CW from the shooter's view.

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    That Colt sure looks nice!
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    Thanks for the information, folks! Yep, I was surely telling her to push the release forward. I own a S&W, but never a Colt! I've been trying to get her to get a firearm for her home for a long time now, and I was happy to hear that she will likely keep this for herself.

    Even though the wheel rotates CW, I assume it still pops out to the left to load/unload?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach and Holly View Post
    Even though the wheel rotates CW, I assume it still pops out to the left to load/unload?
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    You might just buy your folks a box of modern ammo for this old pony... maybe a box of wadcutters for practice, and some standard-pressure hollowpoints for nightstand use. Actually, the wadcutters aren't a bad choice if you can't find HPs; they're definitely better than the old round-nose lead stuff. I'd just shy away from feeding it any +P rounds.
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