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I'm not a revolver guy, but I recently acquired a Smith 36 snub. I know you're not supposed to flick the cylinder closed with one hand, but I've heard some people say that I should close the cylinder by pressing on the crane instead of the cylinder itself? Is that a thing? It seems more difficult to operate that way under stress, and at times I can pinch my thumb in the gap that way.
 
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I have owned multiple S&W revolvers for more years than I care to admit to, and have never closed my revolvers by pushing on the crane only. These revolvers are pretty tough, and not apt to be damaged by closing them via the cylinder itself. Slaming the cylinder closed is not a good idea, or closing it one handed by "flicking" the handgun is only for the movies!!
 
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Definitely do not snap the cylinder open and closed like you sometimes see in the movies because you risk bending the crane. Beyond that, I do not see a problem.
 
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check out this video... it will answer most of your questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GspksqvtO3k
 
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Revolver guy here. I've never closed the cylinder on a revolver by pressing on the crane. I always close by pressing on the cylinder. Never swing it closed.

I'm not sure why, but this is probably the second or third time in the last couple of years I've read about someone saying to press on the crane. In 20+ years of shooting, I've never heard that advice before.



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Good video

But I close by pushing on the cylinder
I can not imagine using the crane to close and not pinching something eventually


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I was taught to close with the crane but I really don't see how pushing the cylinder would damage the revolver. I mean there are different ways to rack the slide on a semi-auto so varies ways can be considered "correct". I think the video is good in the sense of showing how you can damage a revolver by swinging it closed.
 
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Why would you press on the crane? Confused This is the first I've ever heard of it. You push on the cylinder, encircling it with your thumb and forefinger, and give it an extra twist in the direction of rotation so it locks into place. http://www.corneredcat.com/art...nd-reload-revolvers/
 
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check out this video... it will answer most of your questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GspksqvtO3k


I'd take that with a massive grain of salt. Like most of the others here, I've never heard of a recommendation to only close the cylinder by pushing on the crane, as touted in that video.

Funnily enough, he himself closes almost every one of the revolvers in that video by pushing on the cylinder, not the crane. Except the two times when he's specifically talking about being sure to "push on the crane itself not the cylinder", of course. Roll Eyes

(Do as I say, not as I do...)

I also perused a couple of that old guy's other videos, and there's questionable or outright bad advice in some of the others too. (Like claiming Glocks aren't safe to carry with a round in the chamber, and you should instead practice racking the slide after drawing.)

Owning a pawn shop or having a Youtube channel doesn't make you a firearms expert.
 
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Theoretically, pushing on the crane is better.

Realistically, it would probably take a couple lifetimes to matter.


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Thanks for the advice everyone. I've used revolvers before, but I don't really know them that well.

Revolvers have always felt a little awkward in my hands, but this little J-frame feels pretty comfortable for some reason!

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Funnily enough, he himself closes almost every one of the revolvers in that video by pushing on the cylinder, not the crane. Except the two times when he's specifically talking about being sure to "push on the crane itself not the cylinder", of course.


Ha! I was totally noticing that. I guess if he himself pushes the cylinder in, it can't be that big of a deal.
 
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No thumb on the crane by the revolver master!




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I got my first DA revolver nearly 40 years ago. I've never swung one shut and never closed with the crane, just the side of the cylinder. I've also never sprung one or needed to send it in.


I think there are guys out there that make this crap up to assert their little niche of (contrived) expertise.
 
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Isn't the most resistance when closing at the end of the cylinder, meaning the crane is the wrong end of the lever to be pushing on?
 
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Isn't the most resistance when closing at the end of the cylinder, meaning the crane is the wrong end of the lever to be pushing on?


Yup. The crane pushing is exactly the opposite of what he is trying to remediate.



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Isn't the most resistance when closing at the end of the cylinder, meaning the crane is the wrong end of the lever to be pushing on?


Yup. The crane pushing is exactly the opposite of what he is trying to remediate.


Agreed. It would seem to me that pressing on the crane would be more likely to mess up the crane/yoke alignment than pressing on the cylinder due to leverage.



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Crane? NFW. I've owned over 40 revolvers since 1962. Never heard of such a thing.


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I think the the idea is pushing on the cylinder would provide more leverage in bending the crane. Which in theory is true.


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Push on the crane ? ? ?

On the CRANE ? ! ? ! ?

Seriously????? Who does this?????
 
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