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Old 12-29-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 01-07-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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I'm not sure of your question?

Many just install the ball detent in the crane.
 
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It was supposed to say PPC, but auto correct changed it to pocket. That make more sense?
 
 
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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.
 
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I can see where it is easier, but is it as secure? Also, does it make it any more difficult to open the cylinder?
 
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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.
 
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another option I believe is the Aristocrat underbarrel weight that often has a spring loaded detent that contacts the crane/yoke.
 
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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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