Loading revolvers

Loading revolvers.

While loading modern revolvers for integrated ammunition is not a very complicated activity and usually does not consume more than 15 seconds, that's the charge, in fact, loading the chambers of a 19th-century separate-loading revolver is not an activity that everyone can do right away. Oczywiście w sytuacji, gdy nie radzimy sobie z obsługą broni, professional help will be provided by an instructor at our shooting range, however, it is worth getting acquainted with the theoretical basis on how to charge such a front end. There are common rules, on the basis of which this article was created.

When picking up a weapon, always treat it as if it was loaded, remember that the muzzle of the barrel never points towards a person, a już na pewno don't aim at anyone.

This is by no means a rule that applies only to black powder guns - it applies to all weapons and it is worth learning if you want to shoot recreationally, or sports.

Directing the barrel in a safe direction, pull the hammer to the first position - the drum should now be able to rotate, giving a characteristic revolver "chirping". Check that there are no hoods on the fireplaces, then it is worth making sure that it is impossible to release it from this position (taking a shot). While, when the tap is in first position, the trigger is hard and we will not be able to fire - this condition is correct; this increases the safety of charging.

After looking at the drum chambers and making sure, that there are no cargo residues in any of them after the last visit to the shooting range, or other contaminants, we can preserve the weapon. Wipe off excess oil / grease from chambers and fireplaces. Of course - when the dust is "soaked" in us, or caps, we will have ignition problems.

An additional procedure that reduces the risk of misfire is the depreservation of ignition channels in fireplaces. For this purpose, we put hoods on the fireplaces before starting the charging process (when putting on the percussion caps, point the muzzle of the barrel towards the target).

While aiming in a safe direction, pull the hammer to the second position and break the hood one by one for each chamber. The same as if we were shooting. A small explosion from the cap will blow through the fire channel and remove any residual grease from it. If the ignition holes in the fireplaces are not obstructed, this procedure is theoretically unnecessary, however recommended. We remove the remnants of the caps from the revolver, if there are any. Now you can start charging. Again, pull the tap back to the first position that allows the drum to be turned clockwise.

We start by pouring the powder into each chamber in the drum - we measure the load appropriate for our weapon - the safest and most convenient way to do this is to use plastic vials, to which earlier - preferably with a scale, we measured the powder. When we poured out the propeller, time for the wad. It can be felt that has been cut in advance, or just a little semolina (of course strict). As for porridge, we are falling almost to the full, we only leave a few millimeters per ball. We can safely put a lead ball on the wipe; of course, when we want to load a weapon with bullets instead of bullets - for example with REALs, we drop less wads to fit them. Like, that the over-caliber ball does not fit into the drum without resistance - we will have to press it with a cartridge integrated with our revolver. By the way, we compress the powder and the wad. Some revolvers, e.g.. Colt Wells Fargo nie posiadają zintegrowanego narzędzia do ubijania ładunku i wpychania kuli, in this case it is necessary to use an external press.

When we do that, most of the charging process is over. After pushing the balls into the drum, it is recommended to smear them with greasy goo - it can be petroleum jelly, special, grease intended for this purpose, or other greasy and thick liniment. This action affects the cleanliness of the revolver mechanisms and reduces the risk of firing several chambers at the same time. Of course, we still have our caps, without which we will not fire. At the end, we put on these tiny tin cups filled with explosives that are sensitive to mechanical stimuli, on the shooting position with the barrel pointing at the target. It is worth pushing them slightly to the fireplaces, to adhere. We now have our weapons loaded. By pulling the hammer to the second position, the weapon is ready to fire - the chamber in the barrel is aligned with the barrel's cable, and by pressing the trigger we can shoot. It is worth mentioning the issue of misfires, which in this weapon are a frequent occurrence. You have to accept the fact, that such weapons will never be a substitute for modern integrated ammunition designs. (Which doesn't mean, that it is not a weapon) In the event of a misfire, keep the gun pointed in a safe direction for several dozen seconds, later, you can put the hood back on the fireplace of the chamber that did not fire. Before that, you can gently clear the fire place with some thin wire. When re-breaking the cap has no effect, it only remains to use a special key for fireplaces (it is worth getting it, for example, to disassemble a weapon for cleaning), by means of which we will unscrew the fireplace of the faulty chamber and remove the load by hand, carefully pushing it out of the drum. Every dozen or so - several dozen shots, our black duster will collect a fairly large amount of black powder combustion products - i.e. carbon deposit. Nagar will make shooting difficult for us, will make, that the mechanisms will move more and more heavily, until we finally have to remove it. Provisional use of spray grease and a piece of rag can be used, although all build-up can only be removed by thorough cleaning under hot water and detergent, which must be carried out after visiting the shooting range. After drying the "washed" revolver, conserve it generously with grease and put it in its place of honor.

Regardless of the theoretical knowledge acquired, jak i zawarte w tym artykule wskazówki zalecamy skorzystać z fachowej opieki instruktora podczas pierwszej wizyty z czarnoprochowcem na strzelnicy. This text is only intended to highlight some issues related to the use of such weapons; it does not fully cover the topic of loading an anti-submarine revolver.