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Hi everyone, I have a 1972 Colt Python 6” that I consider an heirloom piece. The gun probably hasn’t been shot since 1975, and the cylinder will not spin. I’ve called Colt and they recommended a company that will happily charge me $1,400 to take a look at it. Can anyone recommend a competent smith who could solve what may be a very simple mechanical issue? Thanks!

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Just now, 10X said:

I’d start by working some penetrating oil into it,  with a lot of soak time.  

Exactly.  Is the cylinder frozen or does the timing not advance the cylinder when the trigger is pulled/hammer cocked.

Two totally different things.

 

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The cylinder simply will not spin freely (or all all). You can’t cock the hammer because the cylinder is completely frozen. I can’t even remove the cylinder completely from the gun because the cylinder is locked into a position such that it cannot clear the frame for removal. I can tilt the cylinder out, for reload, but even once unlocked, it’s just totally frozen in place. 

1 hour ago, Pizza Bob said:

Give Mark Hartshorne a call...

https://pinnaclehighperformance.com/

He is close enough that you can drive the gun there.

Good luck.

Adios,

Pizza Bob

Thanks Pizza Bob, I’ll him a call!

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Goobered-up or rusted?

This is how the cylinder comes out:

GET GUNSMITH SCREWDRIVERS BEFORE YOU START! 

Even a beat-up Python is worth big bucks....you don't want to booger-up that screw with a junky screwdriver!

 

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29 minutes ago, JohnnyB said:

Then it is definitely rusted in place.  Soak it in PB Blaster and it WILL come free!

 

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I’ve tried some penetrating oil. Haven’t tried a good soak though. I’ll pick this up and give it a shot. Thanks!

30 minutes ago, Tunaman said:

Colt wont fix it?

Colt says they do not repair “legacy” products. 

4 minutes ago, W2MC said:

Goobered-up or rusted?

This is how the cylinder comes out:

 

Yes, I’ve seen this. I know how to remove the cylinder, but it is unable to spin. I’ll try the penetrating oil trick. 

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OK - wasn't too sure of your level of knowledge or handiness with taking apart a revolver

My bet is it's probably got a load of coagulated gummy oil mixed with dried burned/unburned powder inside there.  Soaking it will likely free it up, then you can take it apart and get all that gunk out of there

 

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On 8/2/2020 at 5:38 PM, Pizza Bob said:

Give Mark Hartshorne a call...

https://pinnaclehighperformance.com/

He is close enough that you can drive the gun there.

Good luck.

Adios,

Pizza Bob

Why did I click this link?  WHY?!?  I can’t imagine how much this is gonna cost me. 

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