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Old 05-18-2020, 06:18 PM
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Model 60 needs help

Ihave an early S&W mod 60 that is in need of repair, I can rotate the cylinder to the right without much trouble and not sure of what parts are needed to fix it. Would I be better off sending it to S&W or find a local smith to do the work? I'm not even sure S&W will repair an older revolver. Any help would be appreciated
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Old 05-18-2020, 08:22 PM
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…Would I be better off sending it to S&W or find a local smith to do the work? I'm not even sure S&W will repair an older revolver…
Depends on the age of the pistol. I forget what the cutoff date is.
the cylinder stop is not engaging the stop notches on the cylinder correctly. Could be a either/or a combination of a slightly bent yoke, damaged cylinder stop notches, a damaged stop, or a weak/broken cylinder stop spring.

I lived in Tampa for 6 years when assigned to SOCOM and did not find any trustworthy smiths down there. Before you opt for a local smith or sending back to S&W I would call or run down to Ruskin and see Dave Smith at Gun Craft. If he can't do it he can probably recommend someone who can. You might also talk to some of the guys at the Wyoming Antelope Club over in Clearwater. Too many local hacks who think they know how to repair stuff (and don't) and S&W's quality has become suspect, too, in the last few years. You may be tempted to go with the cheaper shop, but that often ends up biting you and you end up paying more to have that "work" corrected.
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Old 05-18-2020, 08:55 PM
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Could also be the cylinder stop is stuck in a partially retracted position, due to dried up oil or dirt.

Have you tried working a good cleaner/solvent down into the cylinder stop recess?

Also, how do the edges of the cylinder stop and cylinder notches look? If the edges are not rounded over, it may not need new parts, just possibly cleaning and/or deburring.

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Old 05-19-2020, 08:28 AM
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Sounds like it needs a good cleaning
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:44 AM
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That's all most malfunctioning guns need in my experience. But with a revolver if you do not know how to tear it down and reassemble it properly take it to a smith.
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:57 AM
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Pics would help!

Check the position of the "hand"! IT should be retracted when the cylinder is open.

You can check the basic function by holding the thumb piece to the rear with the cylinder open. Either pulling the trigger or thumbing the hammer will operate the cylinder hand as well as the cylinder stop. "Old" could also mean gummed up crud preventing proper function. As mentioned above spray cleaner might loosen things up.

Unless you are experienced in disassembly please do not attempt it without "adult supervision"!

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Old 05-19-2020, 11:15 AM
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A couple of years ago I called Smith and Wesson about working on an older gun and they told me to call Nelson Ford in Phoenix AZ. Traded the gun so I never used him but he was recommended by the factory.
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Old 05-19-2020, 02:30 PM
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Ihave an early S&W mod 60 that is in need of repair, I can rotate the cylinder to the right without much trouble and not sure of what parts are needed to fix it. Would I be better off sending it to S&W or find a local smith to do the work? I'm not even sure S&W will repair an older revolver. Any help would be appreciated
Send it to me I'll will clean it up and tell you if it is worth keeping
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Old 05-19-2020, 04:32 PM
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I don't know how old it is, mod60 no dash ser# R136, sorry I don't know how to post pics. Revo is in good condition no signs of abuse, slight turn line on cylinder and screw heads are not buggered. Going to take side plate of later and see if I can spot anything that might be causing the problem, outwardly things look fine, maybe a weak stop spring.
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Old 05-19-2020, 05:51 PM
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The problem is most likely in the cylinder stop. As posted above, if the screws are stuck and you can't remove the side plate, just open the cylinder and blast the crap out of the stop opening with aerosol gun solvent.. Then keep the cylinder open over night and the "blaster" will dry. Please post if you try this and it solves your problem.
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:25 PM
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I don't know how old it is, mod60 no dash ser# R136, sorry I don't know how to post pics. Revo is in good condition no signs of abuse, slight turn line on cylinder and screw heads are not buggered. Going to take side plate of later and see if I can spot anything that might be causing the problem, outwardly things look fine, maybe a weak stop spring.
Be sure that you know the proper way to remove the side plate. I'm sure you do but had to ask.

Google: "How to properly remove the S&W revolver side plate" 's
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