S&W Revolver Locks

40Arpent

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Is there a way to permanently disable or remove the locking mechanism from a S&W revolver without adverse effects?
 

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Lobo_79

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Is there a way to permanently disable or remove the locking mechanism from a S&W revolver without adverse effects?
There are lots of threads on this subject. Technically it's possible. I thought about it myself for my revolver collection, but forgive me for being paranoid. If you ever had to use it for self defense I think it could be legally risky to have used a "modified" handgun.

I don't have a problem getting a trigger job, for example, on a range gun but for the guns in my collection that I carry I prefer to leave them unmodified.
 

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Removing a "safety device" is only a real issue if the shoot is not clean. You might have a PI attorney try to depict you as some sort of reckless monster for disabling it, but if the shoot is clean, the gun should be back in your hands before the plaintiff even has a chance to contact an attorney.
If the shooting is somehow painted as accidental, the fact you disabled the lock may be used against you.

Of course if you are in Austin, the PD will try to hold the gun indefinately and destroy it out from under you. Once the case is No-Billed, go to the PD and scream very loudly to get it back.
 

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...but forgive me for being paranoid. If you ever had to use it for self defense I think it could be legally risky to have used a "modified" handgun.
I asked a question in another thread about trigger jobs...how will the plaintiff ever know that a modification was done? Do they, as a matter of routine investigation, disassemble a gun to determine if there have been any modifications?

Along the same lines, and I don't mean to be sarcastic at all, but if you are paranoid in that respect, does that mean you also refrain from loading your carry guns with defensive ammo (i.e., hollowpoints)? It seems to me that an attorney would have a heyday on the type of ammo used, more so than a trigger job or disabled lock...if you were ever negligent enough to disclose that the gun had been modified.

Thoughts?
 

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Removing a "safety device" is only a real issue if the shoot is not clean. You might have a PI attorney try to depict you as some sort of reckless monster for disabling it, but if the shoot is clean, the gun should be back in your hands before the plaintiff even has a chance to contact an attorney.
If the shooting is somehow painted as accidental, the fact you disabled the lock may be used against you.

Of course if you are in Austin, the PD will try to hold the gun indefinately and destroy it out from under you. Once the case is No-Billed, go to the PD and scream very loudly to get it back.
Again, how will they know it has been disabled?
 

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I will add that this particular revolver's intended use is not defense (it is my 14 yr. old son's), but I am interested in all opinions and insight.

Thanks!
 
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