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    Mainspring LOCKS

    Can someone explain the purpose and pro's and cons of locs on revolvers,,,,,did an advanced search but comes up blank....TY
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    I am not understanding the question.

    Can you re-phrase?

    Do you mean 'Locks' which are built in to the Mechanism, as a factory provided feature? Where one has to use a little Key, to un-Lock the Revolver, when wishing to fire or cycle it?

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    Not sure the actual proper name, but they are inside the base of the grip under the mainstring...I have have only seen pics, usually when people are complaining about the 'locks' affecting the action on revolvers....
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    Might be some useful info here, as far as the S & W 'Lock' anyway -

    http://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/sm...internal-lock/

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    There are several types of security locks for revolvers and autos.
    As example many S&W and Ruger pistols currently have internal "pad locks" that allow the owner to use a special key to lock the gun so it can't be operated.
    This is a security feature to prevent a child or thief from operating the gun.
    This is a manual lock that has to be locked or unlocked with the special key.

    Over the years there have been various internal security locks that could be custom installed for the owner.
    One that got a lot of discussion was a magnetic locking device that prevented a revolver trigger from being pulled unless a magnetic was used to pull the lock out of the way.
    The magnet was a special ring the owner had to wear on his gun hand.
    If he gripped the gun while wearing the ring, the magnetic ring would unlock the action so the gun could be used.
    If a person without the ring tried to fire the revolver, it would remain locked and unusable.

    The down side to that one was that if the owner forgot to put on the ring, or had to use the gun with his other hand the gun wouldn't work for him either.

    Many people dislike the S&W safety lock design because there have been cases where the internal safety lock somehow locked itself. This could prove fatal if the owner was unaware that the lock had accidentally gotten locked and the gun couldn't be used.
    Since a lot of people don't like the S&W lock, there are kits that can be used to completely remove the lock device and plug the key hole in the side of the frame.
    Last edited by dfariswheel; 06-14-2014 at 04:09 PM.

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    Because certain states such as CA require them for stupid Liberal reasons. As well, the company that last bought S&W was the inventor & maker of their lock, which ironically no other gun co. uses.

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    As wheel notes there are a wide varity of locks built-in on many revolvers, as well as part of the Springfield Armory semi-auto line. Some, like the Taurus revolver, have a keyed lock on the back of the hammer.

    I guess the stickler for operating a firearm safely may have been Bill Ruger. No other, ever emblazoned their safety message on top of the barrel..... Even today, Ruger single actions have a design for you to "drill" a hole in the grip panel, so you can insert a key.

    All in all, you can hardly argue with a method of safely locking your firearms to help stop child accidents.

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    Thanks for inputs guys......BTW that Ruger safety message is the dumbest, ugliest thing ever to disgrace a firearm. Looking at it right now on a Redhawk. No child will EVER read that warning, nor would it mean anything to them if they did. It was mainly to help alleviate lawsuits that were being promoted by the anti's at that time. As smart & enterprising as BR was, he came up with some wacky idea's that he thought would become mainstream, like refusal to produce hi-cap magazines for many years, and the OM Blackhawk transer bar mail-in. Now only non-converted Hawks are desirable, as most people lost or tossed the old parts.
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