Field Strip 101: Cap and Ball Revolvers
FIELD STRIP 101: COLT CAP AND BALL REVOLVERS
By Darryl Choy
Originally Published 3/2003 Photos added 4/2015
The available instructions are: “Tap out the wedge and remove barrel from receiver.” However there is a lot more. The basic rule to remember is: DO NOT REMOVE OR LOOSEN THE WEDGE SCREW.
Without proper instructions, just about everybody violated this rule, including myself. Sam Colt designed this screw to keep the wedge from being lost or separated from the barrel unit during disassembly. Here’s the proper procedure:
To reassemble, tap the wedge in flush to the right side. The wedge spring is not intended to lock on the right side. If you tap in the wedge too far, the cylinder will drag or not turn at all. Virtually none of the current owners manual have this information. Now you know. Go shoot that revolver! DC
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