Looking to make your wheel gun run smoother and shoot more accurately? Here’s a list of five modifications you can have a gunsmith make to your revolver that’ll have you thinking it’s a completely different gun:
Removing the hammer spur from a double-action revolver is a good idea when it comes to concealed carry. If you’re not careful, the hammer could get hung up on your pants pocket, your shirt, or your jacket when you draw the gun. Removing the hammer eliminates this snagging hazard. Of course, this also mean the gun can only be fired in double-action, as cocking the hammer with your thumb is impossible.
Swapping out sights on a revolver is a bit more involved than it is on a semi-automatic. Nonetheless, a qualified gunsmith can easily switch out your standard font sight blade for something with an orange insert or even a fiber optic filament, making target acquisition that much easier.
Quick reloads are essential for any handgun, but they can be slightly harder to master with a revolver than with a semi-auto. Whether you choose to use a dump pouch, speedloader, or speed strips, it all comes down to your ability to get the cartridges into the chambers as quick as you can.
Chamfering the chambers of your cylinder can allow for faster and smoother reloads, much like magwell modifications on a semi-automatic pistol.
Moon clips are another option for revolver reloads. While most people think of them as only being used for wheel guns chambered for rimless cartridges like .45ACP or 9mm, they can be used with rimmed cartridges like the .357 Magnum as well.
The benefit to this is that the cases stay together at all times and you don’t have an extra piece of equipment (speedloader, speed strip, etc) to carry around. If you go this route with rimmed cartridges, you’ll need to have your cylinder cut for them so that they’ll fit flush and allow your gun to cycle.
A drawback of moon clips is that if they get bent out of shape, they may prevent a cylinder from closing or from rotating while shooting.
Smooth, crisp motions are key to making an accurate shot. Having the internals worked on can make a world of difference. This could involve things like changing out springs to different weights, polishing contact points with the hammer and sear, and more. Adjusting the timing and ensuring that there’s no end shake with your cylinder can also provide a good deal of improvement to your revolver.
After all, the gun is no good if the cylinder doesn’t line up properly from one chamber to the next! Re-crowning your barrel is another improvement that can have a positive impact on your shot placement.
A perfectly cut crown will ensure that the circumference of the base of a bullet exits the muzzle at the exact same time. If it doesn’t, that could cause a slight tilt and throw your bullet’s trajectory off. If the crown not correctly cut or nonexistent, propellant gas will escape on one side of the bullet while the other remains engaged within the bore.
Note: There are plenty of products that allow gun owners to modify their own revolvers, and that’s perfectly fine. It all comes down to your level of comfort and expertise. When in doubt, have a qualified gunsmith do the work.