November 11, 2022
The 15-2 I picked up a couple weeks ago is lacking my attention, due to a completely stripped sideplate screw. As in, all I know thus far, is that the allen head of the screw is completely rounded and opened up. I ordered new sideplate screws from EWK and they should be here Friday. I went to the range yesterday, to sight in my Henry Lever .45 Colt, but took my DW along. Ended up shooting about 60rds of Remington (UMC) .38 + P and some Winchester white box .357 Mag 110gr. It functioned both single AND double action. Every trigger pull went BOOM! BUT, I did think the cylinder had locked up after the first 6 rounds. No matter how hard I pushed on the cylinder release, it would not open. After 5 minutes of fussing, I just pulled down hard. Like really hard. It opened up. I was going to put it away, but I ended up shooting quite a bit more. The cylinder release didn't get better, but it didn't get worse. Thinking I need to replace springs and parts in the crane and cylinder latch? It should not take that pressure to open the cylinder. It didn't take near that amount of pressure before I shot it. The revolver had been cleaned and scrubbed before it was shot, also. Any ideas, my good knowledge having Folks????
~ In my defense, I was left unattended....
October 17, 2017
First thing that comes to mind is the possibility of the cylinder push rod backing out to the point of dragging on the opening on the shroud. This happens often on my 15-2, so I check it every time I load the cylinder. A dab of nail polish on the threads will help to keep it snug. With the cylinder open, does the cylinder release move easily? If not, then check to determine why it isn’t.
Have you set the barrel cylinder gap to spec? Point 006 on the proudest cylinder. It can be smaller but the cylinder in a small frame expands after a cylinder or two of rounds and can cause the cylinder to bind. A bit of a conundrum. If the cylinder won't open you can't unload live rounds safely to remove the barrel.
When you set the barrel gap do not force the shim in. It pushes the dedent ball in and the gap closes when you remove it. Also, take a rag with you when shooting and wipe the cylinder face to remove powder. The buildup can cause the cylinder to bind.
Lastly, the cylinder does not open freely like a Smith. Hold the gun in your right hand and with your left thumb push down the latch. Your pointer and middle finger should push the cylinder open from the right side. Keep your fingers pushing the cylinder open and the gun tilted to the left to prevent the cylinder from closing while you eject cases. Dan cylinders tend to close while ejecting if tilted to the right and the star will scratch the sideplate and gouge the back of the recoil shield. Almost all used Dans have scratches from that. There is no cylinder release on the left behind the cylinder to protect the sideplate like a Smith or Colt.
January 3, 2021