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Old 03-03-2017, 03:55 PM   #11
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Oh, I understand that, Mike. The cylinders of the "Old Model" three-screw Single Sixes that had the transfer bar safety modifications initiated in the "New Model" two-screw Single Sixes were unchanged. Indeed, the weapons were returned to the owners after modification with the original cylinders. That led me to believe that the firing pins were modified during conversion, probably (to my assumption) to limit travel.

But, then again, I could be wrong on that. It's been known to happen.
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U.E. Have you determined from observation what halts the forward motion of the firing pin if one dry-fires an old-style Single-Six? Will it be halted by the firing pin tip striking the cylinder either at the edge of the chamber or on the circumference of its counterbore?

I don't know with respect to any Ruger revolver, new or old.

I do know from experience that it will not strike the cylinder in an S&W K-22 because the hammer stops against the frame and the firing pin (which is mounted on the frame, not on the hammer) is closely fitted to leave a smidgeon of clearance with the cylinder counterbore, while still providing enough protrusion to stab a .22 cartridge rim if one is present in that space.

The presence of a transfer bar in a Ruger or a hammer block in an S&W has nothing to do with it.

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I actually have an unconverted three-screw Single Six. I'll have to check that out.
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This reminds me of a question asked by one bubba in Arkansas to another: "Can you hunt deer in April?"

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Old 03-09-2017, 05:48 AM   #15
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I asked because my son in law dry fired his sr40 without the magazine in it and damaged the striker. He had to send it to ruger to be fixed. The manual does say not to dry fire it with the mag. removed. After that if it doesn't say in the manual I try to find out.
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Think of it this way: when there's a cartridge in the chamber, the fall of the firing pin is cushioned somewhat by denting the relatively soft primer. But if you dry fire, the firing pin is stopped when steel strikes steel. Does it hurt? I don't know. I guess it depends on how small an area is struck*, and how well the steel resists deformation and breakage. It might not do any harm, but it can't be good for it.

*Ever see a hardwood floor subjected to spike heels?

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