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Old 04-06-2017, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by JBelk View Post
Blackhawk said,

That IS true of a "New Model" but not of the old original, three screw Blackhawks.
I carry 6 in mine, but I am tougher than most about safety and I didn't carry in the bush where you could get into trouble with one.
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Old 04-08-2017, 05:59 AM
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AFAIK, all of the Italian made SA clones are being made exactly as the original Colt design so I load with 5. The Ruger transfer bar revolvers allow for 6.

The original design for the SA has the firing pin resting on the primer of the cartridge in-line with the bore and Mike Venturino, noted western gun writer and CAS member has demonstrated that a blow to the hammer can fire that cartridge. There is a safety notch (first click) on the hammer of the original design meant to retract the firing pin from contacting the cartridge primer but it's rather fragile and could be broken should the revolver be dropped on it's hammer allowing an accidental discharge. The safety notch is likely intact on most original design SA clone revolvers but may be broken in the case of the older original revolvers so loading 5 is added insurance against an accidental discharge.
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:21 PM
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I believe many of the newer Italian single actions revolvers made by Beretta, Piatta and Uberti offer revolvers with transfer bar safeties.
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Old 04-16-2017, 04:55 AM
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I have two Uberti's, the older 45 (21yrs old) has the hammer block safety.

The newer 45 has the hammer block and the Swiss safety. The Swiss safety is where the base pin can be moved
back to block the hammer from falling.

I'll load six with either gun.
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:06 PM
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Super Safety Notch.
CAS ruled legal a five shot cylinder with a dummy chamber. This has two good features.
1. Locking notches are between chambers
2. The dummy chamber works as a super safety notch. So you locate the dummy under the hammer and load five in a row, letting the hammer back down into the dummy chamber.

edit; The Colt Replicas designed after the Dragoons only have room for five 45 Colt Chambers in their cylinders. So this solves the five shot stages in the CAS competitions, plus it gives you a secure safety in a holster. My 1858 Remmie replica has six safety notches in its percussion cylinder, but the Taylor's six shot converter's six farrows and firing pins take up all the room in the backing plate. There's no designed in safety notch in the hammer, either. So the hammer always rides directly on one firing pin. This means that except at the bench, only five rounds can ever be loaded.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, because the backing plate has to be affixed, while the cylinder is outside the frame, there's no way, other than looking at the locating pin's hole, to see where the empty chamber is, when you install the cylinder. YOU cannot do this by touch in the dark. YOU have to be able to see that pin hole in daylight.

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