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Old December 3rd, 2008, 10:15 PM   #1
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can this be free spin?????????

NM Vaquero "free" free spin mod
« on: September 09, 2008, 07:27:45 PM »

Pretty new to CAS and single action revolvers but not firearms in general.* Recently got my first pistol as I build toward my first match.* Have already put a couple hundred rounds through my 4 5/8" SS new model Vaquero.* I have been all over the forums looking for action mods, etc.
Just put a set of Wolff springs in it along with a full disassembly and cleanup.* I can see where the free spin mod is useful.* Looks like lots of guys will take the pawl/hand and stone or grind a flat on it to make a free spin pawl out of it.

After some research, I've found that the NM Vaquero already comes with a factory stock free spin pawl in it.* Meaning that the pawl is fully retracted away from the cylinder ratchets when the hammer is forward.* The clicks you hear are from the Reverse Indexing Pawl, which is a small spring loaded plunger located just below the base pin and next to the pawl window.* The brass setscrew that holds the plunger in is located under the firing pin behind the transfer bar.

I removed the setscrew with a 1/16" allen wrench during a full disassembly.* I bet you could remove it by cocking the hammer and playing with the trigger position, maybe.* Either way, put it all back together and when you open the loading gate, the cylinder is free to spin in either direction.* I saved the setscrew, spring, and plunger in the parts box in case I ever need to put it back in but I don't know when that would be....

Overall very happy with the mod and thought it would be worth sharing.* Saves a guy from grinding on his stock pawl or going out and spending $$ for an aftermarket pawl.

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Old December 5th, 2008, 07:08 PM   #2
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Thanks great info wanted to do this on my blackhawk along with the bisley trigger. Have been puting it off in hope of finding a stainless steel bisley in 45 Colt.
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