Fanning a blank firing revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by M1GARANDBING, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. M1GARANDBING

    M1GARANDBING New Member

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    Anyone know if fanning a blank firing sa revolver is bad for it?
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I don't know if it is bad for the gun, but it is confusing to the athletes.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Have plenty of extra parts if you decide you want to do it.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Not good for ANY gun. Many of the blank guns are not really well made in the first place. When you slap the hammer back sharply, the hand of the revolver is being slapped against the star on the back of the cylinder, snapping the cylinder around until it slaps into the cylinder stop. Accelerates wear/breakage.
     
  5. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    Yep. Not good for any gun.
     
  6. Bob Wright

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    Yes, it is very hard on the revolver. But if you look at photos of quick draw contests, you will notice most participants do fan their guns. This is solely a one-shot speed contest, and specially designed/made revolvers are used. Most use a Ruger Vaquero with aluminum grip frames and even barrels to keep weight to a minimum, and extended wide hammers for one "slap shot" against the timer.

    In such cases the revolver is considered more or less "sacrificial."

    Bob Wright

    P.S. I can tell you right now, from experience, never try to fan a Ruger Blackhawk.
     
  7. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Is there a story behind this?
     
  8. Bob Wright

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    Garadex asked:
    Well, yes there is. You see many, many years ago I bought a new Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum. This in 1958, when I was somewhat younger and uneducated in the field of single action revolvers.

    I had a week-end pass; I was a young soldier at Camp Roberts, Calif. at the time. A couple of other soldiers had bought handguns, too, at the same dealer in Paso Robles as I had. We drove out into the back country one hot Saturday afternoon, and did some shooting. Well, this was my very first single action, and naturally seen single actions fanned on TV and in the movies, so had to try.

    So, I loaded five .38 Special wadcutters into that Ruger, and faced away to the silhouette target we had purloined from the rifle range. I braced myself, locking the wrist of my gunhand against my hipbone, and commenced to fan.

    I got off three shots before the pain in the heel of my hand reached my brain. Neat little triangular gouges in that area began oozing blood.

    The Blackhawk has a steel rear sight, remember? Not only had I fanned the hammer spur, but also swept my hand across the square rear sight blade.

    Lesson learned.

    Bob Wright
     
  9. Bob Wright

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    I wrote:

    P.S. I can tell you right now, from experience, never try to fan a Ruger Blackhawk.


    Garadex asked:
    Well, yes there is. You see many, many years ago I bought a new Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum. This in 1958, when I was somewhat younger and uneducated in the field of single action revolvers.

    I had a week-end pass; I was a young soldier at Camp Roberts, Calif. at the time. A couple of other soldiers had bought handguns, too, at the same dealer in Paso Robles as I had. We drove out into the back country one hot Saturday afternoon, and did some shooting. Well, this was my very first single action, and naturally seen single actions fanned on TV and in the movies, so had to try.

    So, I loaded five .38 Special wadcutters into that Ruger, and faced away to the silhouette target we had purloined from the rifle range. I braced myself, locking the wrist of my gunhand against my hipbone, and commenced to fan.

    I got off three shots before the pain in the heel of my hand reached my brain. Neat little triangular gouges in that area began oozing blood.

    The Blackhawk has a steel rear sight, remember? Not only had I fanned the hammer spur, but also swept my hand across the square rear sight blade.

    Lesson learned.

    Bob Wright
     
  10. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Here's the real question: Why bother?
     
  11. Bob Wright

    Bob Wright Member

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    But then, why not?

    Bob Wright
     
  12. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Because it looks cool and fun, but now we know it's a bad idea.