Thursday, March 6, 2014

Firearm Forum Question: What is a Free Spinning Revolver Cylinder

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What is a free spinning revolver cylinder?
Thank you James Condor

Answer:
Blog Administrator -
I have included my own video of a Free Spinning Cylinder on my Ruger Vaquero Birdshead 45LC Cowboy Revolver.
A free spinning cylinder is an upgrade to the standard cowboy single action revolver whereby the cylinder turns on each cartridge every time you pull the hammer back; or when opening the 'Loading Gate' and placing the hammer in a half cock position and moving the cylinder one turn to the right (clockwise). Ruger Cowboy Revolvers do not need to have the hammer pulled back for this action. The FREE Spinning cylinder modifies the internal mechanism of the revolver allowing it to spin freely in either direction (clockwise or counterclockwise) when the 'Loading Gate' is open.
Note: The free spinning cylinder plus a trigger action enhancement (known as a trigger job) plus the honing [porting of the cylinder chambers and barrel breach port is known as a 'Cowboy Action Job']. Most cowboy shooters have had their revolvers modified with a complete action job as I have had on my Ruger Vaquero Birds Head 45 Long Colt (LC) Cowboy Revolver.
Important: This upgrade should be performed by a qualified gunsmith.

My Homemade Video Showing a Ruger 45LC Cowboy Revolver with a Free Spinning Cylinder.



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24 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting my topic suggestion, you answer was most helpful. I inherited a Colt 45 long colt that was made around 1992 and wanted to know about doing some cowboy upgrading on the revolver.
    James Condor

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    1. You are certainly welcome please feel free to submit future Topics for the Firearms Forum Board.

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  2. Good Post. Liking it I am. Just followed you on Twitter with my NEW Twitter Page, hope you follow back soon.
    I am also following you here on Google Friends Connect.

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    1. Thank you for the follow on Google and Twitter. Glad you liked the post, please visit often.

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  3. coming over from your Twitter page, firearmsqa, interesting post but only single action revolver owners would be interested, but I see this forum on guns has many topics and thats a good thing.

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    1. Yes and Topics will be added as often as people submit them, so if you have a Firearms Forum Topic you want posted, email it to me.

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  4. The Reposter Guy has arrived.
    Plugged your Forum site on Twitter.
    Good video gives an excellent explanation especially for those contemplating doing a cowboy action job on their single six shooter.

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    1. I saw that on Twitter and I really appreciate it. Hope my Twitter Followers will start following your Twitter Page.

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    1. That's okay there are many Topics here that you might find useful.

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  6. Colt 45 Long Colt I do own with full cowboy action so I truly relate well.

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    1. Well thank you sir and welcome to my Firearms Forum Blog Site.

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  7. No interest in the cowboy thing, I use my Glock.

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    1. I also have a Glock 45acp, and I shoot both on a regular basis.

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  8. NICE VIDEO BUT OF NO INTEREST TO ME

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    1. Thanks for your comment and understood.

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  9. mr firearms guy ....
    interesting i must say ...

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  10. I have this set up on my Ruger Single Six.

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