Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Smith Model 64

Southern Ohio Gun has (or had) a number of S&W M64s in the "skosh below $300" range. I bought one through my LGS:

It is a 64-5. For some reason, somebody put square-butt Pachmyer grips on a round-butt gun. That'll be something I'll change, eventually. The timing is OK. It's kind of close on a couple of double-action cylinders, but it's good for now. There's no endshake. It's definitely a shooter-grade gun that has seen some hard use.

I took it to the range. This is at ten yards, with the bare stainless-steel fixed sights:

I'll paint them before the next range outing with some cheap yellow nail polish on the front post and black on the rear notch. Shiny metal sights are not very friendly to use. I like using nail polish for changing the colors of sights, for it's cheap, easy to touch up and if I want to change the color or remove it completely, it comes right off with some acetone on a cotton ball or swab.

Now I have three of the classic five stainless Ks. If I see a 67 at a good price, I'll jump on that. 68s are rare, I've never seen one, let alone seen one up for sale.


Ole Phat Stu said...

What influences "the timing" and how?

I'm a revolver ignoramus :-(

Comrade Misfit said...

Wear on the hand that pushes the cylinder in its rotation, usually. When it wears on a S&W, the bolt won't drop into the locking notch before the hammer is released.

From what little I've seen, the N-frame .357s are more often found to have bad timing. Something about the rotational mass of the cylinder in fast operation can damage the hands of those guns.

Revolver gurus have told me that in heavily-used revolvers, Colts tend to go out of time more often. And they are far more expensive to fix, as good Colt gunsmiths are scarce these days.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...


S&W considers 3 out 6 cylinders timing to be sellable, new, from the factory, now.

Took me years to learn timing. SO simple when you are finally shown

Comrade Misfit said...

When buying a used revolver, The Revolver Checkout is yer fren'.

And ti turned out that Skeeter Skelton wrote something similar decades ago.