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    Default Just a curious Smith and Wesson question...

    During a recent duracoat job, I had to paint a 629 and an older K22. It was quite apparent that the 629 had left hand threads to disassemble the cylinder, which I expected. It became quite clear that the K22 did not

    Did S&W switch to left hand threads at year 19XX or is it a large/small frame revolver thing? I also noticed that the two designs are VERY similar and only lack very little in parts commonality...

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    They changed from right to left hand threads in about 1962. This was done to help prevent the ejector rod from unscrewing itself as the cylinder turned.
    "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind."

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    Thats what I figured. Funny thing is when the 629 showed up, the cylinder wouldn't rotate out of the frame because the ejector rod was about 1 and a half turns out and I had to use the top secret tool (ballpoint pen) to get it out and then screw it back in. Thanks 'bugs!

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    When that happens I hold the revolver in my right hand, put the thumb of my left hand on the extractor rod, pull the hammer back just until the cylinder unlocks, and then spin the cylinder with the fingers of my right hand and screw the cylinder onto the rod. Voila, cylinder opens.
    "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind."

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    That would work too! Thanks again for the tip!

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