|12-29-2012, 06:14 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2012
ppc slab side barrel
I've been considering several projects lately. I would like a PPC revolver. My question is this. Do you just do away with the locking bolt and replace it with some sort of crane lock?
Last edited by judge sam; 01-09-2013 at 11:21 AM.
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|01-09-2013, 06:14 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2001
Due to the difficulty and expense of machining a barrel to include the S&W front latch, most pistolsmiths just install a ball lock in the yoke.
This still requires care to insure everything lines up and locks properly, but it's a lot easier and cheaper then attempting a barrel latch.
|01-10-2013, 07:20 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jun 2001
If you're dealing with a Magnum, I'm not sure its AS secure as the original S&W forward latch, but the ball latch is a well-proven method of locking a S&W without a forward latch.
Enough custom guns have used it to establish it as a viable secondary locking method
It will usually be slightly harder to open the cylinder because the ball latch has to be pushed out of it's seat, where the original latch is released by the ejector rod assembly.
It isn't all that more resistant, but it does feel different.
|02-11-2013, 02:18 PM||#8|
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Hell, Michigan
another option I believe is the Aristocrat underbarrel weight that often has a spring loaded detent that contacts the crane/yoke.
|02-26-2013, 01:01 PM||#9|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Fern Creek KY
In gunsmith school our pistol smith instructor used the then new ball lock and that was 30 years ago so it is now old school and proven.
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