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Old September 11, 2012, 03:41 PM   #94
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Can you close the cylinder on a revolver and have it, the cylinder, not locked?
First, you must define, "locked". If you mean that the ends of the Extractor Rod, Center Pin and Locking Bolt, you would be able to feel that it did not CLICK! when you closed the cylinder. If it CLICKS, it is locked. However, by locking up you mean can the cylinder stop not be engaged, YES. However, if one turns the S&W cylinder slightly clock-wise, the cylinder stop will stop the cylinder from rotating any further that the first cylinder locking notch.

If so...then what happens? How can the shooter tell the cylinder is not locked after he raised the revolver thinking it was ready to go?
A moot point. You can hear/feel the cylinder lock. Nevertheless, a spur on the hammer was not likely the intention of the designer to test that the cylinder was locked (at each end), or locking bolt in the notch.

Is it true that just because the cylinder is closed that it is locked?
More than adequately responded to.

Why does the firing order of a revolver include the words, close, and lock, and why are these words separated by a commas?
Because the technical writer likes commas. Hammer spurs have NOTHING to do with the cylinder locking into position, or the locking bolt entering the notch. I you believe differently, present your case.

Does the cylinder always lock automatically?
No, you have to push it into the frame.

Is there something that always happens automatically during the loading procedure with a revolver?
Yes, we get people who want to argue even though the logic has been presented most eloquently and eruditely.
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