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post #3661 of 3811
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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

Have you ever actually broken a firing pin due to dry firing? I used to do a lot of single action competitive shooting and I always dry fired with snap caps, but I was always curious as to how harmful it actually is. I've never heard of anyone breaking a pin because of it.

It happened to me several times with a Colt Trooper .357 Magnum (the old-style Trooper with the same lockwork as the Python). I finally got rid of it. This had the frame mounted firing pin. I think it happened once with my first Smith & Wesson M&P (Model 10). Thus, I don't like any extensive dry-snapping of revolvers without snap caps. With most auto pistols I don't find this an issue. I did once crack the firing pin retainer on my first Colt Government Model, but of course this is easily and cheaply repaired and I had done a helluva lot of shooting and dry snapping with that gun. I've had it almost 48 years.
post #3662 of 3811

Wow, thanks for the info. I suspected that frame mounted pins might be more susceptible, but I never knew for sure.

post #3663 of 3811
^Well, I don't know if you can generalize from my experience with a couple of guns. I notice you mentioned using snap caps with your single actions. You may or may not be aware that with traditional single actions, those that don't have a transfer bar, like Colts and old model Rugers, you don't need snap caps. Just cut a short length of rawhide boot lace, fold it over and tuck under the firing pin hole (or firing pin in the case of old model Rugers) and you can dry snap to your heart's content. It does a fine job of cushioning the hammer impact.
post #3664 of 3811

I have some single actions with hammer mounted firing pins, but my Rugers all have transfer bars. Whatever the case, snap caps are simply easier IMO. No messing around. The only PITA is using snap caps with a lever gun. I had to shave down a snap cap so the rim was gone on one half of it. That way it wouldn't eject every time I moved the lever. I miss cowboy action shooting...

post #3665 of 3811

I couldn't find any exotics I liked so I decided to go the opposite route. I found some factory original target stocks from the 80s in near perfect condition, which were more expensive than most exotics as it turns out. I love the markings on the wood.

 

post #3666 of 3811
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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

I couldn't find any exotics I liked so I decided to go the opposite route. I found some factory original target stocks from the 80s in near perfect condition, which were more expensive than most exotics as it turns out. I love the markings on the wood.



YES! those are a must have on those. not the most comfortable to me, but by gawd they look great.
post #3667 of 3811

Yeah, I haven't shot with these on yet but I don't generally mind larger stocks. I have fairly long fingers that can wrap around larger pistol grips easily.

post #3668 of 3811
anyone familiar with the Sphinx pistol that Kriss is importing? swiss made version of a CZ basically. I have a guy wanting to trade one of my colts for his. kinda tempted.... if only for a catch and release after some fun with it.
post #3669 of 3811
We reviewed the Sphinx pistols when I was editing Handguns magazine. This would have been at the time they arrived on the U.S. market back around 1992 or 1993. As I recall, they were okay, with no signal virtues or notable faults that we could descry. I personally wouldn't trade any of the nine Colt 1911-style pistols I own for one, but then I was never particularly impressed by the CZ tribe of pistols. They were okay, but I never could understand the hoopla over them unless you just had to have "selective double action." On most if not all CZ-types, I found the trigger reach to be something of a stretch when carried uncocked, and I have pretty big hands.
post #3670 of 3811
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

We reviewed the Sphinx pistols when I was editing Handguns magazine. This would have been at the time they arrived on the U.S. market back around 1992 or 1993. As I recall, they were okay, with no signal virtues or notable faults that we could descry. I personally wouldn't trade any of the nine Colt 1911-style pistols I own for one, but then I was never particularly impressed by the CZ tribe of pistols. They were okay, but I never could understand the hoopla over them unless you just had to have "selective double action." On most if not all CZ-types, I found the trigger reach to be something of a stretch when carried uncocked, and I have pretty big hands.

ive never really gotten on the CZ bandwagon.... i do like the quality of the sphinx... and feels pretty great in the hand. I ended up passing on the trade... I have quite a few 1911s and thought something different may be fun. I have a polished stainless mark IV we were talking about swapping, i dont love it, but i think i still like it better than the sphinx.

i go b ack and forth between loving 1911s and wanting something different/modern. But im certain the sphinx would just be a catch and release.

thanks for the info JL!!!
post #3671 of 3811
Can anyone id this revolver, helping a friend out. I'm leaning towards Colt.
post #3672 of 3811
I'd say an EMF single action, .38. Uberti made.
post #3673 of 3811

Why the cutout in the frame near the front of the cylinder?

post #3674 of 3811
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Originally Posted by i10casual View Post

I'd say an EMF single action, .38. Uberti made.

Thanks for the info, any reason
Why emf and not colt?
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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post

Why the cutout in the frame near the front of the cylinder?

I've no idea. I'm still waiting for better pictures.
post #3675 of 3811

You can find out in an instant if it's a Colt. Run the serial number through their online database. 

 

Er, assuming the stamp that says "Colt" doesn't do it for you.

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