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Post by Boxturtle Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:42 pm

Some Model 14 revolvers were made with a single-action only trigger.  Pulling the trigger in double-action mode rotated the cylinder, but did not cock and drop the hammer (and I presume this was a vestigial function that was not used for anything).  What advantage is derived from a single-action only trigger?

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Post by LenV Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:47 pm

I suppose they were safer. You could probably make a lighter trigger. They are not legal for DR in case you wondered.

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Post by james r chapman Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:55 pm

wonder why not legal.
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Post by Sc0 Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:13 pm

Required to have operational DA/SA.

With factory parts I am sure the function can be restored. I have a DAO S&W 64 which I have been thinking about converting over to a conventional DA/SA.

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Post by Jack H Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:56 pm

I had a Colt OMM 38 single action only in the 70s.  Wish I still had it.  It would shoot Xs offhand.  But only when your head was screwed on right.  I had 8 straight one time.  Then I unscrewed my head by looking in the scope.....
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Post by Wobbley Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:56 am

In ze awld days there were lots of revolver shooters for CF and Smith built SA K38s.  I believe the vast majority of shooters shot single action in those days.  They were a catalog item from 1961 to 1982 but were not common at most gun shops.  Conversion kits were available. They were as safe as any other K38 as the hammers rebounded just like the DA counterparts.  Some felt they had better triggers because of the removal of the DA fly etc. but that may be conjecture.
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Post by fc60 Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:33 pm

Greetings,

The S&W Model 14 was offered with the "Short Action" hammer and trigger.

They also offered the hammer and trigger as a "do-it-yourself" kit.

It is a short hammer throw.

Colt offered such an option on their Officers Model Match.

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Post by desben Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:11 pm

Wobbley wrote:Some felt they had better triggers because of the removal of the DA fly etc. but that may be conjecture.

I have a "normal" DA/SA Model 14, and I really don't see how the trigger could be improved in single action... No takeup at all, very crisp break, and no over travel. The entire movement seems less than 1/16". I adjusted the weight to my liking changing the trigger rebound spring.
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