A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Pinned & Recessed

I was asked today why S&W aficionados prefer a pinned barrel.
I showed this picture.
There were no further questions.



Blogger Tam said...

FWIW, Xavier, I don't think a barrel pin would have made a bit of difference there. I've seen the exact same thing happen to multiple P&R guns over the years I've been doing this.

If you're dealing with enough force to blow a barrel out of a frame, a sliver more of steel won't even slow it down.

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Diamondback said...

I agree with Tam. I've seen this and worse from bad reloads mostly. Although I'm sure there are some metalurgical issues with some of the new handguns from time to time, I believe for the most part the designs are sound. They make thousands of these revolvers a year after all. Ammo Is usually the cause of this type of failure. Overloaded reloads can be very dangerous and not all firearms can handle the +P variety of factory ammo as well. Over time these excessive pressures can cause metal fatigue that results in this type of failure. I've seen bad reloads at gun stores/ranges too so it's not always Bubba Gump's homeloads that are the cause.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous atlatl said...

they sometimes just come unscrewed...seen it on a newish 629. Using factory ammo.

9:28 AM  

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