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Old December 3, 2009, 02:53 AM   #1
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How to disable/deactivate a revolver?

My stepfather passed away a little over a week ago. He was a very interesting man with a long history in law enforcement and private security.

I wasn't present to go through his belongings but his Glock 21 went to his father-in-law, and I was presented with his - drum roll - Rohm .38 Special!

Well, I dislike Glocks, so I'm glad I didn't get that. It would have served no purpose and I'd feel guilty if I traded it off.

But the Rohm.... is interesting. It has a pretty sweet action, and the thumb pad on the hammer is big and soft. The finish is all sanded down (with about 75-grit sandpaper) but the gun seems functional. I intend to get it home and clean it up.

Of course, I have read about Rohms, so I intend to disable the gun post-haste , and have it serve as a simple reminder of the man who owned it.

I can probably figure out something that will work, but what is the established procedure for deactivating a revolver?
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Old December 3, 2009, 04:00 AM   #2
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Pulling the firing pin is best, or if that's difficult, break the tip off (esp. if hammer mounted).

You could also pull the mainspring but it could still go off if dropped fully loaded (if it dropped on the hammer).
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Old December 3, 2009, 09:57 AM   #3
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Disabling the firing pin is best, as already mentioned. Epoxy in the action is an additional step, along with keeping ammunition well away.
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Old December 3, 2009, 12:22 PM   #4
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Aren't Rohms the poster children for the Saturday Night Special, after Hinckley used one to try and kill Reagan?

Sounds like the sort of thing that an old time cop would have used for a throwdown-not saying your stepdad kept it for that reason or would have used it for that, but I doubt a sanded finish would take much of a print...
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I have a Rohm .22lr/.22mag revolver that functions perfectly and is accurate.
Not sure if I would trust one in a larger caliber tho...
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Old December 3, 2009, 03:47 PM   #6
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Why the heck would you want to do that with a gun you've never even shot? I agree their reputation isn't very good and more than likely earned but you're gonna take the word of "internet research" and just toss it in the scrap heap.

Take the gun and shoot. I always figure the truth is always somewhere in the middle. No gun is as bad as you hear and none are as great as you hear. Some are close both ways. With all the bad things and people saying how crappy they are, most of it is just regurgitated internet BS from people with zero first hand experience with whatever gun they are talking about. It's the same for taurus', high-points, Mini-14's etc.

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Old December 3, 2009, 04:24 PM   #7
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A good pounding also has the added advantage of making a Rohm look better.
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Old December 3, 2009, 06:40 PM   #8
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Firing it should involve a vice and 100yds of string.

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Old December 3, 2009, 07:10 PM   #9
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Really big sledgehammer. Repeatedly.
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Old December 3, 2009, 08:21 PM   #10
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I have my mom's OLD .22lr Rohm.

IF its the same.... the firing pin assy can be unscrewed. Access is from the hammer side.
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IF its the same.... the firing pin assy can be unscrewed.

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Old December 4, 2009, 04:52 PM   #12
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"Disabling" ? Deactivating" ? Make me cringe. Like putting a hole in a tea kettle you inherited from your grandmother.
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Old December 5, 2009, 07:02 PM   #13
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Some say shoot it. Some say disable it.

I am on both sides. Just shoot it a few rounds and it will disable itself.

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I have to say it...

Can you please post some pics.
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Old December 6, 2009, 10:01 AM   #15
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Again: My tired old anecdote.

In the 80s I was working as gunsmith in a store in Miami, FL. An elderly woman walked in with an RG (Rohm Gesellschaft) .38 special revolver.

Counter guy calls me out front to take a look at it.

The gun, being made of pot metal, was extremely corroded.

(Important detail: Our contertops were carpeted.)

Counter guy says "Watch this," procedes to tap the barrel once on the counter top and the gun immediately shatters into 20 or so pieces.

Need I say more?
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Old December 7, 2009, 09:15 PM   #16
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fishing weight

Use it as a fishing weight because it is not heavy enough to anchor even a small boat. LOL
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