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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Revolver Malfs Comment
    Gregory Morris, 11/2/09 8:24:53 pm
    Everyone loves to say how revolvers are impervious to malfunction. I sometimes fall into that trap myself. Thankfully, Mr. Murphy is always there to show me otherwise.

    On my last trip to the range, I loaded the cylinder of my Taurus 85 with 5 rounds of major brand .38spl, fresh from the box. I sent my target out to 10 feet, which is about as far away as I can accurately shoot the snubbie. I lined up my sights, press the trigger, and Bang! Then again! Then... dammit, what the hell? It's jammed! Revolvers don't jam?!?

    It took a careful, although slightly percussive technique to pop the cylinder out. Once out, I unloaded and checked all the moving parts. I closed the cylinder and dry fired about 10 times. No problem. I was a little nervous about shooting it again until I figured out what was wrong, so I put it back in the range bag, and finished my recoil therapy session with my Glock.

    It wasn't until I got home and inspected the it that I determined with 100% certainty that there wasn't a darn thing wrong with the revolver. However, I didn't think to check my ammo at the range. As my people would say, εὕρηκα!


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    Lesson? The only certainty when it comes to the function of mechanical things is that eventually something will go wrong. If you carry a revolver for self defense, as I often do, make sure your ammo is in good condition. Even fresh out of the box, it can have enough of an imperfection to keep your revolver from spinning.

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    Revolver Malfs
    Jay G., 11/9/09 9:47:53 am
    FWIW, I've seen a couple of .357 Magnum rounds where the bullet is not fully seated, making the cartridge just a tiny bit too long. That'll bind up a revolver right quick too...
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