Revolver is "Out of Time"

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Out of time means the cylinder is not rotating exactly in sync with the trigger pull and the barrel.The lockwork is off.In other words the hole in the cylinder is not lining up exactly with the hole in the barrel.In some cases your gun will spit shaved pieces of lead to the rear.Which can suck for any one standing behind you. I'm not sure if there is a spring which can be adjusted or if there is wear on the rear of the cylinder which might would make a cylinder replacement needed.In some cases it might be more cost effective to simply retire the gun. What model are we talking about here?I've heard of it happening in low end and top end guns.
Originally Posted By: tom slick
Out of time means the timing of the trigger, cylinder, and hammer is incorrect.
Yep. I had to fix the timing on my Model 10 smith after buying it. Usually adjustments can be made to the hand, the little knobs on the back of the cylinder that the hand pushes (proper name escapes me), the cylinder crane (to eliminate front-rear play in cylinder), and cylinder stop (side-to-side play). Sometimes the parts can be peened or stretched by hand in order to put them back into proper spec, other times you have to order oversize parts. I did it myself, but it can be difficult. It takes serious time and patience and you will be completely at one with the design of the gun by the time you're done.
I bought a NEW Rugar 357 police special years ago. First time I fired it by the pulling the trigger only it sprayed fire and lead out of the left of it. DANGEROUS. I called Rigayr and thay were all over me and that gun. Gave me another ASAP.
As mentioned most of the major makes can be repaired to re sync the cylinder with the trigger mechanism. It should be done by a qualified gunsmith who knows double action revolvers well. If its a nice Colt or S&W you may want to have it done. A Ruger or Taurus might just be cheaper to replace.
On a double action revolver the cylinder lock has to lock the cylinder before the hammer drops. Failure to do this can lead to excitement. Adjusting timing on a revolver isn't for amateurs. I'd take it to a smith that knows that type of revolver. BSW
Originally Posted By: bobbob
I went to a gun store to sell a gun and the guy told me and showed me it was out of time. Any way to bring it back into time? Thanks for the help
What gun? Model and maker? I've worked details on Colt Troopers. At first it's intimidating, then fun. It could be as simple as dried grease or grit, maybe some wear.
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