Re: Forehand Arms Co.
The free spinning cylinder is not as big a problem as one might think. In use, the cylinder will be loaded and the hammer nose/firing pin will be in the primer of the last cartridge fired. So the cylinder won't free spin.
There are two ways to carry* one of those guns, either with the hammer down between rounds, or better with the hammer down on a fired case. The cylinder won't spin and the first method will with a solid frame will normally leave an empty chamber at the loading gate, but that is better than taking a chance on the gun going off if dropped since there is no transfer bar (except on Iver Johnson's, of course) or hammer block.
Those guns usually don't have a rebounding hammer, which only became necessary when swing out cylinders were used.
*FWIW, I do NOT recommend carrying one of those old guns for self defense for several reasons, including the high possibility of parts breakage at a critical moment. "Oops, hold your fire while I order a spring from Numrich" does not work on the street.
Last edited by Jim K; 03-29-2010 at 01:40 PM..