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Old June 1, 2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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Colt Police Special with 32-20 and 32 cal cylinder

I have a Colt Police Special with a 32-20 cylinder and a 32 S&W long cylinder. I'm having trouble interchanging the cylinders. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old June 1, 2013, 09:59 PM   #2
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That's probably because they are not interchangeable. Colt attached the revolvers cylinder firmly to the crane.
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Old June 1, 2013, 10:07 PM   #3
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Does each cylinder come with its own crane? If not, you have a problem because Colt cylinders were not made to be interchangeable or even to be removed from the crane except by a gunsmith with the proper tools. I suspect you have a gun made in one caliber, for which a previous owner purchased a second cylinder with the possible intent of making interchangeable cylinders until he found out the problems in doing so.

If you do decide to go ahead and install the other cylinder on the crane, be aware that fitting a cylinder is not an easy task, even for an experienced gunsmith. And you must have the properly fitted ratchet/extractor.

I suggest you live with the original chambering and forget the idea of swapping cylinders.

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Old June 2, 2013, 07:57 PM   #4
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Thanks Scorch and James K for the information. I appreciate it.
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