Posted 25 March 2011 - 06:50 PM
If you haven't shot it yet be sure to wear eye protection. All the corrosion or lead deposits visible in the photographs might indicate that the weapon is out of time. That is when the cylinder does not perfectly index in alignment with the barrel when the weapon is fired. This can cause lead to be shaved off of each projectile as it enters the barrel from the cylinder. Cause could be that the cylinder is not locking up correctly or the crane (the piece that attaches the cylinder to the gun) is bent.You can check the timing by sliding a .22 diameter rod down the barrel with the unloaded cylinder closed and the gun cocked. Check all 9 chambers. If the rod hangs up on the edge of any of the cylinder chambers you have a problem that needs to be resolved by a good gunsmith. Also, weak spring, worn parts and dirt can all affect cylinder lock up and timing. To check lock up make sure the gun is empty and cock the weapon then try to move the cylinder. If it moves at all the timing is suspect. If you hear an audible "click" when you do this the gun is not locking up. If it does lock up but still moves, suspect worn parts.