Last time a revolver failed to revolve for me, it was a Smith & Wesson 686 whose lock failed. [Click here for that debacle.] This time out it’s a simple case of dirt. This is what happens to any revolver when something gets jammed under the ejector star. Burnt powder, lead, donut dust, it doesn’t take much and it will jam up (cylinder won’t rotate). I’ve run a whole lot of lead through the once box-fresh Smith & Wesson Model 60: some 500 rounds of Sellier & Bellot .38. And I’ve got to say it: that is some dirty ammo . . .
As you can see, once you eject the rounds, she’s good to go. So . . . I haven’t cleaned the revolver since unboxing. I’ll do so tomorrow morning before her photo shoot. Lesson learned: keep your guns clean or you may find yourself in the shit.
To disassemble the gun for a really good detail clean, I recommend the most excellent Smith & Wesson SPDTool from Brownells.
The Model 60′s FTF proves another point I’ve made here many time: shit happens. If you’re in a self-defense situation where you have to rely on your gun, don’t freeze if it fails to function perfectly. If Plan C fails (having tried to avoid, escape and evade), go to Plan D.
Just as fortune favors the brave, survival favors the flexible. Just sayin’.