JUNE 3, 2021

Hornady congratulates Doug Koenig on his performance at the 42nd Annual Bianchi Cup.Koenig took first place using Hornady 38 Cal. 110 gr. XTP bullets.
Team Federal Precision Rifle Series shooter Buck Holly finished strong in the recent Federal King of Coal Canyon PRS Match. He took home the top trophy in the Gas Gun category, using Federal 105-grain Berger Hybrid 6mm Creedmoor ammo.
Team Federal PRS shooter Mike Rogan took home the Top Production Trophy at the Parma Precision Rifle Rumble with his points scored going toward the national pro series points race.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. congratulates Team Ruger Captain Doug Koenig on winning The Bianchi Cup – NRA's Action Pistol Championship – for the 19th time in his career. Koenig finished on top in the Open Division and first overall shooting his Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition pistol.
Real Avid congratulates world champion and Real Avid pro shooter, Doug Koenig, on his latest win at the 2021 NRA Bianchi Cup. Considered to be one of the most difficult handgun championships in the world, the Bianchi Cup draws top shooters from every country to compete.
Primary Arms Government has announced its attendance at the Ohio Tactical Officers Association 2021 Training Conference, which is to be held in Sandusky, Ohio.

Sellmark Corporation is coordinating its diverse brand selection and product offerings to join the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s 2021 Conference. Showcasing at the conference are several of Sellmark’s elite brands and newest products.
Cold Steel invites everyone attending the 2021 Blade Show to visit booth #248 for a look at Cold Steel’s newest EDC, hunting, tactical, and specialty knives, and premium cutlery.
Primary Arms’ CEO and Founder, Marshall Lerner, will be an industry speaker at the 2021 FFLGuard Virtual Symposium, where he will lead a discussion on implementing ERP software and strategy.

Celerant Technology participates in an educational panel at The 2021 FFLGuard Symposium this week. The panel provides best practices and advice to help dealers in their search for new point of sale and eCommerce technology for the firearms business.
The Escort DF12 uses the modern sporting rifle design and is a modular design. Its 5-piece multi-choke system accommodates heavy slugs as well as it does light birdshot, making it a great all-around option for a wide variety of game.
Galco has designed three inside the waistband holsters specifically to help stay comfortable in even the warmest months. These include the KingTuk Cloud, the QuickTuk Cloud and KingTuk Air.

HIVIZ Shooting Systems announced a new distribution partnership with Hicks, Inc. HIVIZ products will be offered through Hicks Wholesale distribution and their two annual shows.
Everest’s Christopher Carlberg, VP of Business Development, Marcus Johnson, Executive Vice President and Amin Pirani, Director of E-Commerce, are leading an important session on how Everest utilizes technology and the marketplace to connect manufacturers, retailers and consumers at the FICC Conference on June 9.
KUSA is seeking a Firearms Repair Technician. An ideal candidate will be detail oriented, have prior experience repairing firearms, and have passion for the firearms industry and customer service.

Management Search Inc (MSI) has a client seeking a Product Manager - Outdoor Sporting Goods. The position is in the Northeast U.S. with a globally recognized firearms manufacturing firm.
SIG SAUER introduces the P320 AXG Pro, the first full-sized P320 pistol featuring the metal AXG grip module, with the AXG detachable magwell, and paired with the full-length SIG SAUER Pro-Cut slide.
SB Tactical announced its new SB22 – a lightweight, modular chassis for the Ruger 22 Charger and Ruger 10/22 family of firearms.

Smith & Wesson has expanded its GUNSMARTS video series with over thirty new educational videos for both new and experienced firearms owners. Hosted by industry experts Ken Scott, Julie Golob, and Jerry Miculek, Smith & Wesson’s GUNSMARTS Series 2 covers topics that include firearms education, shooting tips, gear recommendations, and more.
In observance of National Safety Month, following a year of record-breaking firearm sales, NSSF and Project ChildSafe urge new and existing gun owners nationwide to prioritize safe firearm storage — and are providing the resources to do so.
The CMP, along with the overwhelming generosity of the Garand Collectors Association, donated $187,000 in scholarship money to 153 junior student-athletes in 2021 through the Carolyn Hines Memorial Scholarship Program.

The Smith & Wesson “Triple Lock” pistols are considered by many to be the finest revolvers ever produced. They were manufactured from 1908 to 1915 in .44 Special, and were S&W’s newest “Hand Ejector” models, replacing top-break revolvers. The “Triple Lock” was replaced by S&W’s 2nd Model .44, which lacked the shroud underneath the barrel to protect the ejector rod, and didn’t have the third lock for the cylinder. Ever since then shooters and ‘smiths have been adding the missing lock. This can be a tedious, caution-filled modification or, you can get Power Custom’s “Crane Lock Ball Drilling Fixture” and add that third lock to your S&W wheel gun without anxiety.

The crane slips into the PC jig, it goes into the vise and then you drill a hole .250” deep. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

The third lock was added to the hand ejector models because of pressures related to the new .44 Special cartridge. S&W took the .44 “Russian” cartridge and added .190“ to the case length and filled it with the new “smokeless” gunpowder. Then, the Special was extended another .125” to the length of the case to create the .44 Magnum.

Adding the third lock to your current S&W revolver is an easy process – again using Power Custom’s kit. They supply a jig for drilling the required hole in the crane, the necessary drill bit, locking balls and detent springs plus a special punch for staking the ball and spring into the crane. With this kit, if you can run a drill press and rotary tool, you’re in business.

Start, as always, by checking to ensure your pistol is empty. Remove the cylinder and crane from the frame and slip the crane into the PC jig. This positions the crane perfectly for drilling, but you’ll still need to use a drill press or mill. Clamp the jig into your drill vise, and using a #30 bit drill a hole to a depth of .250”. The most difficult part of the process is done.

The detent ball and spring are held in place by using the supplied punch to stake the frame.

The ball detent and spring are installed in the crane using the supplied punch, which stakes the hole to retain the detent/spring. Apply a little marking fluid to the area of the frame where the ball indexes, install the crane and open and close it a few times. The detent ball leaves a mark, showing you where to use a 1/8” rotary bit to dimple the frame for the ball to lock into. (This video from Power Custom shows the exact steps involved for installation.)

Opening and closing the crane a few times shows you where to cut the dimple in the frame for the detent to lock into.

I was very cautious with this process for my first revolver. Once I figured out exactly how/where to dimple the frame for the detent, the rest of them went easy and quickly. I did six cranes and frames in about ninety minutes.

The third lock ensures a tighter cylinder lock, looks good and best of all, you can say, “Yes, I did it myself.”

Power Custom provides parts, supplies, tools and gunsmithing fixtures for a variety of different firearms. If you’re looking into performing some modifications, I suggest checking them out for what you need. Plus, you’ll likely discover something you didn’t know you needed; for me it was their fixture for truing the ejector rod for S&W revolvers. I don’t really know how I made it this long without it.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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