Thursday, December 28, 2006

Centennial J-Frame nirvana?

The Centennial line is the Smith & Wesson line of J-Frame revolvers meant to be conceal carried and have internal hammers so that the hammer doesn't snag on clothing or contaminated by the contents of one's pockets. Judge has got one of these guns and I'm sure he'll like hearing the high praise that his little 642 gets from revolver-smith Grant Cunningham in his post about the Battle of the J-Frames. (via Les Jones)

The Centennials also have one less part than the other models:since they have no exposed hammer, they don't have (nor do theyneed) the hammer-block safety common to all other "J" frames. Thatpart, which is quite long and rides in a close-fitting slotmachined into the sideplate, is difficult to make perfectly smooth.Even in the best-case scenario, it will always add just a bit offriction to the action. Not having the part to begin with gives theCentennial a "leg up" in action feel.

I've had this particular gun apart and worked on it for Judge and it never occured to me that the lack of the hammer block safety would make this a sweeter shooting revolver. Sadly, Copper Quincy's 637 does have the hammer block safety as it is a shrouded hammer model (exposed). Maybe you guys can compare actions sometime, I know I'd like to see if I can feel the difference.

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