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Old 03-26-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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My brother is sending me a Forehand Arms Revolver, circa 1886 - 1887 that needs some TLC.

The main problem is that the cylinder spins freely in the clockwise direction when the trigger is engaged. Not a good thing.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start looking for the replacement part?

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Many of those old revolvers were built so the cylinders could spin freely Except of course when they were cocked.

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I will look into this. I am trying to diagnose the problem from long distance.

Thanks for the info!!

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Absolutely!
I have some now, though they are not what I would normally post. I will try to get them up tonight.

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I have confirmed that the cylinder does not spin when the pistol is cocked. Insert sigh of relief here!

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Many of those old revolvers were built so the cylinders could spin freely Except of course when they were cocked.
Yep. I can spin the cylinder on my M1895 Nagant.

How else do you think they'd play a game of Russian Roulette?

As long as the cylinder locks up tight when the hammer is cocked, and it's lined up properly, I don't see it being a problem.
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Here are the pics of the Forehand Revolver. More to follow in time.

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The problem with that is when the user fires off a couple of rounds, puts the weapon in the holster and the cylinder spins without the user noticing it, the user could draw the weapon and pull the trigger on a dead round and make the last mistake of his or her life.

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Yep. I can spin the cylinder on my M1895 Nagant.

How else do you think they'd play a game of Russian Roulette?

As long as the cylinder locks up tight when the hammer is cocked, and it's lined up properly, I don't see it being a problem.
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The problem with that is when the user fires off a couple of rounds, puts the weapon in the holster and the cylinder spins without the user noticing it, the user could draw the weapon and pull the trigger on a dead round and make the last mistake of his or her life.
I don't think you'll be using that antique gun for conceal carry.

The Colt Single Action Army also has a spinning cylinder. As did most of the Revolvers back then. That didn't seem to be a problem for lawmen, outlaws, and cowboys back then.

BTW, congrats on the gun. What caliber is it? Whatever it is, just make sure to NEVER EVER load it with any kind of smokeless powder ammo.

If it turns out to be something like .32 or .38 rimfire, you'll have to get a little creative to make the ammo. The new stuff is a bit pricier then you'd probably want to pay.
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