Skip to comments.Should You Load Five, Or Should You Load Six? (Single Action Basics) [video only]
Posted on 12/18/2013 6:54:28 PM PST by servo1969
"The questions as to why we load five rounds in a six-chambered revolver never dies.
I attempt to give some graphic insight into why we do this.
The S&W Top-Break replica is from Taylor's & Company, made by Uberti."
That’s why modern single action guns have a transfer bar.
Love Hickock45. Best thing on Youtube.
I load 5 if I’m carrying, hammer on empty chamber and 6 if I am at the range shooting.
Did I shoot five rounds or six? To tell the truth, in all of the excitement, I forgot myself. I guess the question you have to ask yourself is “Do I feel lucky”.
I load 5 if Im carrying, hammer on empty chamber and 6 if I am at the range shooting.
Common sense and /thread
So, we only load 5 in a 6 round cylinder? What is it was a 5 round clinder? Would load just 4? Is one chamber always meant to be empty?
5 if carrying - 6 if on the range- Daddy taught me that.
Since it depends on the make and model of the revolver, all of the above advice is worthless.
Frankly, that's silly unless you're carrying a museum piece. Uselessly sacrificing almost twenty percent of your firepower for no legitimate reason is nuts.
If you don’t have one with a transfer bar, load one, skip one then load the other 4. You now have a 5 shot revolver.
I remember reading, years ago, of a man around Tulsa OK who opened his truck door and out fell his old model .44 mag Ruger. It landed on the hammer and Boom. DOA.
I believe it was this incident that caused Ruger to redesign their revolvers and offer a free conversion for the others.
On article at the time said you could load six if you placed the hammer firing pin between two cartridges in the cylinder. I tried this and it did not work with the .45 Colt.
The Colt Single Action Army had a bad feature in that if the chamber under the hammer was loaded, the gun could accidentally fire.
Dropping the gun on the hammer or something striking the hammer were things which could cause that.
Early Rugers were the same way but Ruger changed the design some years ago so you can safely carry all chambers loaded. They also would update any of their old models to the safe system and return your original parts for collectors value.
Ruger did that after a shooter was killed with one of their early models. I suppose they were sued.
Most modern single actions have some type of device for keeping the hammer and primer from meeting unless you mean to.
That gives me a great idea: revolvers with one blank chamber!
I can sell it to the "hundred years out of date" market!
I only have one single action revolver,a Ruger in .30 carbine.Except for that one,I’m a S&W/HK kind of guy.
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