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Old September 12th, 2009, 10:36 AM   #1
 
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Free Spin pawl question

Just read about how to easily make my BH Anniv 357 spin freely by taking out the pawl.

It seems very easy to do, and I would like to have the ability to rotate the cyl in either direction. Is this change going to adversely affect my gun in any way?



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Is this change going to adversely affect my gun in any way?
Yes, if you take the pawl out, the cylinder won't rotate when you cock the hammer.

The BH Aniv model and a few other new models have a spring and plunger that index on the ratchets. You can remove them and get "free spin" without affecting the function. Personally I don't see why you would want to "free spin" a BH Aniv because it was designed so the cylinder will back up until the chamber aligns with the loading gate and ejector ..... just like an Old Model BH.
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Yeah, I guess I used the wrong term. By "pawl", I meant the pawl that indexes and makes it line up, and keep from backing up. It is that spring and plunger to which I was referring.

I hear you about not needing to take it out since it already indexes properly. But without it, one can then back it up and not have to load 'one, skip one, load 4', like you usually do with a SA. I know that I can safely load all 6 with it, but from habit, I guess, I always still load only 5.

So you say the OM's had the indexing feature too, eh? Interesting. I know almost nothing about those models. I am pretty new to Rugers. I wonder why they changed it; seems like that is a useful feature.
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So you say the OM's had the indexing feature too, eh?
Yes, they had the same feature but it was designed quite a bit different .... like a Colt SAA. To load an OM, you must pull the hammer to half-cock then open the loading gate. This positions the pawl where the cylinder indexes perfectly with the loading gate and ejector. OM cylinders only rotate clockwise.

Standard New Model Ruger SAs load with the hammer fully forward. The loading gate pulls the cylinder latch down when opened. This releases the cylinder to rotate clockwise only. The problem is .... the cylinder has to index between "clicks" to align with the loading gate and ejector so if you pass a click, you can't back up to index properly and have to rotate almost 300 degrees to get the same chamber to line up with the loading gate and extractor. The OM and 50th Aniv index properly at each "click".

Ruger added the spring plunger to the 50th Aniv model to make it index more "authentic" with the OM, however it still loads from a hammer down position.
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OK, Roger that. Yes, my SBH 44 does exactly that; have to get it 'just right'. That's one thing I really like about the Anniv 357. So the OM's get that by using the hammer position, like the Colts. Gotcha.

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