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Post by L Valdez on Wed May 27, 2020 10:39 am

There's a S&W revolver for sale which the owner had the cylinder holes slightly chamfered for ease of loading when he was shooting speed events. Would that DQ the revolver for NRA Distinguished Revolver? I don't see it providing any advantage for bullseye shooting as we shoot 5 rounds per target, except slow fire.

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Post by cdrt on Wed May 27, 2020 12:00 pm

If we are splitting hairs, it is not legal. From the rule book.

Except for stocks and the honing of the sear or sear notch to make a more crisp trigger, and maintain a 2 1/2 lb. minimum trigger pull, no external or internal modification may be made to the revolver as manufactured and sold by the factory of origin. No parts may be removed from the revolver, either externally or internally, nor may any part be added, with the exception of milling the cylinder to accommodate moon clips.

Is someone going to call you on it, probably not.


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Post by james r chapman on Wed May 27, 2020 12:12 pm

I always liked “except milling the cylinder to accommodate moon clips”
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Post by WesG on Wed May 27, 2020 3:27 pm

Sounds like it was milled for micro ring clips to me.

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK on Wed May 27, 2020 4:09 pm

Realisticly speaking....how many refs are going to be that anal about this?
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Post by mpolans on Wed May 27, 2020 6:20 pm

Chamfered, or simply well-worn around the edges of the cylinders?  Realistically, this doesn't affect the gun's performance in bullseye...nobody is going to care.

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Post by cdrt on Wed May 27, 2020 7:56 pm

james r chapman wrote:I always liked “except milling the cylinder to accommodate moon clips”
I think that is still in there from the first year that they held DR matches.  The allowable revolvers were any .38/.357 revolver, the Colt SAA in .45 Colt and the Model 25 Smith in .45 ACP, hence the reference to moon clips.  They, thankfully, changed it the following year to revolvers that could chamber the .38 Special. You had to shoot 230 grain jacketed ammo if you were using the Model 25; kind of rugged.
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Post by GrumpyOldMan on Wed May 27, 2020 9:05 pm

NRA's rules are occasionally too anal for me. Latest I heard of was no clicks on the external adjustment scope mounts for something vintage like BPCR or whatever. Sure, it's "period-correct" but even more silly than banning zipper jeans for Civil War re-enactors. Preferred, of course. Encouraged, even. Mandatory is anal.

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Post by Jack H on Wed May 27, 2020 9:59 pm

Sorry ref.  I bought it used.  I have no idea if anything inside is changed.
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Post by orpheoet on Thu May 28, 2020 5:10 am

Jack H wrote:Sorry ref.  I bought it used.  I have no idea if anything inside is changed.
The 14-1 I used is almost 60 years old. I have no clue what was was done to it!
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Post by Richard Ashmore on Thu May 28, 2020 6:19 am

orpheoet wrote:
Jack H wrote:Sorry ref.  I bought it used.  I have no idea if anything inside is changed.
The 14-1 I used is almost 60 years old. I have no clue what was was done to it!
Mine is a 5 screw that was built in 1950- it predates model numbers (and me)!
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Post by inthebeech on Thu May 28, 2020 1:38 pm

Let your conscious guide you.  What is your gut saying?  Don't answer me or this forum.  It is not our business.
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Post by L Valdez on Fri May 29, 2020 1:39 pm

That's ridiculous. No one's conscious can over ride the rules. Thank you, cdrt for posting the rule.

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK on Fri May 29, 2020 1:44 pm

I think he meant to use the word conscience, as in let your moral compass be your guide.


Are you playing by the letter of the rule or by the spirit?
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Post by james r chapman on Fri May 29, 2020 2:32 pm

I've had people believe you have to use the original equipment provided with the firearm.
No repairs, nothing.
if it breaks sell it,  buy a new one.
garbage.
Keep it stock, but, make sure everything has the tightest of factory tolerances and your good.
No different than sending it to S&W and telling them the same.
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