Re: Smith & Wesson revolver question
Thanks for the suggestions guys!
The ejector rod was the first thing we checked and it is nice and tight. We have now checked the bolt of the thumbpiece and it is flush with the breechface. The yoke itself does not move at all, it is just the cylinder that moves.
LDBennett, I've looked at just how much back the cylinder has to move in order to unlock and I think you are probably right... it leaves a pretty significant gap between the cylinder face and the forcing cone of the barrel.
I think I'm going to suggest he send it to Smith to get it looked at by the professionals. It's a really nice blued Model 19... and they just don't make them like that anymore. I would hate to booger it up.
"...As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body, and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."