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Gents:
I know nothing about handguns so a question:

What is the third click when cocking the hammer on a Colt SAA?

I just purchased a first generation .32-20. the first click of the hammer is the safety. The second click releases the cylinder so it will spin to load or unload. The fourth click locks the cyliner so it is ready to fire.

But, what is the third click for? After the third click the hammer moves forward to the second click position. The cylinder locks after a slight movement.

Thanks for yor time.
Cal


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Cal,

I think the four clicks you hear are: first click is bolt dropping (as you said, allowing cylinder to move), then passing half cock notch on hammer, then bolt rising and engaging cylinder and last is sear engaging full-cock notch.
 
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I always liked those clicks. There's nothing like the sound of authenticity. Cal even though you were selling the 32-20 brass since you still have the Colt I assume you still want that ammo. I'm holding it for you until you come down in the spring.


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Originally posted by NormanConquest:
I always liked those clicks. There's nothing like the sound of authenticity. Cal even though you were selling the 32-20 brass since you still have the Colt I assume you still want that ammo. I'm holding it for you until you come down in the spring.


ski1: thanks for the info.
NC: I have a .32-20 in an 1873 Winchester and a just purchased SAA. I found 800 brass cases and sold half as I will never use that many. I will be down in the spring if I can get away (mom, 92, had a stroke and she comes home the end of October and I and a hire will care for her).
Cheers, gents,
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1994 Zimbabwe
1997 Zimbabwe
1998 Zimbabwe
1999 Zimbabwe
1999 Namibia, Botswana, Zambia--vacation
2000 Australia
2002 South Africa
2003 South Africa
2003 Zimbabwe
2005 South Africa
2005 Zimbabwe
2006 Tanzania
2006 Zimbabwe--vacation
2007 Zimbabwe--vacation
2008 Zimbabwe
2012 Australia
2013 South Africa
2013 Zimbabwe
2013 Australia
2016 Zimbabwe
2017 Zimbabwe
2018 South Africa
2018 Zimbabwe--vacation
2019 South Africa
2019 Botswana
2019 Zimbabwe vacation

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Let me know when you're going to be here + an address + I'll send them to you. Best, R.


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I always liked those clicks. There's nothing like the sound of authenticity.

Yes indeed!! tu2 tu2
 
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Five Clicks:
Ok, here is what you are hearing; I have owned SAAs since 68; first one was a Ruger Single Six. Until 73 they were like Colts. At least 20 of them or so.
First click: Trigger falls past "safety" notch.
Second click: Trigger falls past half-cock notch.
Third click: Cylinder bolt is released and hits the cylinder.
Fourth click: Trigger falls into the full-cock notch.
Fifth click: You may or may not hear: Locking bolt falls into a cylinder notch. This click is so close to, or in concert with, full cock that you might not hear it. Depends on how it is timed, or worn.
 
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