The "How Long Have You Been Shooting" thread got me kind of sentimental so I dug out the gun I learned to shoot with. My dads H&R 922. I don't know when it was cleaned last, but I'm sure he hadn't shot it in 10 years before he passed in '06. I got the gun and fired it a couple times to notice shrapnel coming back at me. Upon closer inspection I realized the edges of the piece that keys the cylinder in place when you fire, are worn down, and allows the cylinder to rotate enough for the bullet to graze the edge of the barrel/frame. So I retired the gun.
Tonight I dug it out and took a couple of pics...
Worn out gun.
Yes, that is lead stuck to the frame next to the barrel. I don't know how many times it was fired like that before I got it and retired it. Heck, there's a good chance I was the last one who fired the gun before I inherited it, and that would have been about 10 years before.
Oh well, some day I'll get my curio rack built and this will be a wall hanger. One that brings back many fond memorys of my Dad. *sniff*
If any of you could tell me the year, the serial number starts with a M.