Colt Forum banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have a Colt Police Positive 22 cal. mfg. in 1912. When the hammer is cocked the cylinder will move a little side to side but when I pull the trigger and hold it the cylinder does not have any play. I would like to have a gunsmith look it. Does anyone know a Colt revolver specialist in the Houston area or have any comments on this issue? I understand these old Colts are hard to work on.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,472 Posts
I don't think there is anything wrong with your Colt. With the trigger back the cylinder should be locked solid. That is how the old style Colt DAs work . I think your gun is fine. Shoot it and enjoy this great little Colt DA. These were Colt's first .22 swing out cylinder DA revolvers. They are great little Colt revolvers. We will probably never see quality like this again. Enjoy your Colt.
 

·
*** ColtForum MVP ***
Joined
·
15,871 Posts
The older Colt's had what Colt called their "Bank Vault" action.
The cylinder will be loose until the trigger is actually pulled, then the cylinder is locked tightly. To test the lock up, pull the trigger and hold it back, then gently test for any rotational movement of the cylinder.

All other double action revolvers like the S&W, Ruger, Dan Wesson and the newer Colt's like the Mark III and later will have rotational movement of the cylinder and they're specifically designed to allow the cylinder to be slightly loose. This allows the bullet passing from the chamber into the barrel to force the cylinder into alignment with the bore.
These guns MUST be loose, and even guns that seem to lock tightly will have enough backlash built into the action to allow the necessary movement.
On all these revolvers, pulling the trigger and checking the cylinder IS NOT a valid test for anything.
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top