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Ruger revolvers are justly famed for their strength and rugged construction. They’re also affordable; trouble is, you just don’t get a lot of hand-fitting in an affordable gun! Ruger revolvers often display rough actions and less than stellar finish work, but I can fix those problems for you!
I work on the SP-101, GP-100, Redhawk, Super Redhawk, and the “Six” series (Speed-Six, Service-Six.) The SP-101, in particular, benefits greatly from action work – you won’t believe how much easier it is to shoot an SP-101 that’s been worked on!
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The Super Action Job
Some folks do various “levels” of action work. I do only one – The Best! Through experience, I’ve learned what’s necessary make the entire action work well; unless all aspects of the action are “right”, you won’t get the shootability and accuracy you deserve. That’s why I decided to do my Super Action Job exclusively. This type of action work goes far beyond even the best factory fitting; items that are “extras” for other gunsmiths are “standard” with my Super Action Job. The difference is truly phenomenal!
I start by carefully examining your gun. I measure and record every operational aspect, and compare these measurements against factory limits. In some cases, I have more stringent specifications than the factory, as I’ve found that they are critical to the gun’s performance. (If the headspacing, cylinder gap, or cylinder endshake are out of spec the condition(s) must be corrected before I will commence any action work.)
On disassembly, all parts are inspected and ultrasonically cleaned. The frame is checked for smoothness where operating parts contact; if at all rough, the areas are smoothed.
My Super Action job starts by smoothing contact surfaces to reduce the “grittiness” and smooth the trigger travel. Even the smallest imperfections that affect trigger feel are eliminated, and I have the specialized tools necessary to smooth and polish important surfaces that others can’t even touch. An important part of the job is polishing the cylinder’s bearing surfaces to remove even slight amounts of friction. This translates to less trigger force required to operate the action and a smoother trigger pull.
After the surfaces are polished, a new spring set is installed. All of the internal springs are tensioned and balanced for the client’s preferences of pull weight, ignition reliability, and sure trigger reset. On “Six” series and SP101 Rugers, the “hump” that occurs in the middle of the trigger pull is virtually eliminated, giving you a “straight-through” pull of consistent weight. This makes accurate double action shooting much easier!
On guns where the single action is retained, the single-action sear is adjusted and polished; even the surfaces that contact when the gun is cocked for single action are finished, so that the act of pulling the hammer back is smooth and slick. The single action is adjusted for a smooth letoff without abruptness.
As any serious revolver shooter knows, the trigger pull is only half of the equation; the other half is the trigger return. I pay special attention to all of the things that affect the trigger return – smoothing it to the same degree as the pull. Not only will the trigger reset more smoothly, it will do so faster. It must be felt to be appreciated!
Speaking of trigger return, many Ruger owners complain about the “false reset” in the Ruger action that causes it to lock up if the trigger isn’t fully reset. I adjust that reset point so that it isn’t as noticeable, which greatly reduces the incidence of the problem. Many clients report that this alone is worth the entire price of the Super Action Job!
Believe it or not, this description doesn’t begin to cover all of the work involved. There is much more, all aimed at one goal: giving your Ruger the best action that it can possibly have!
Other Popular Ruger Services
Adjustable Trigger Stop: The Ruger GP, SP, and “Six” series guns are perfectly suited to the installation of my unique, custom adjustable trigger stop. The stop comes through the back of the frame to eliminate trigger overtravel, which is often quite excessive on these guns. This makes the gun more pleasant to shoot in double action, and aids accuracy in single action. The stop can be adjusted with an allen wrench after simply removing the grip. (Of course, it can be permanently affixed in place if you so desire.)
Double-Action Only Conversion Package: Highly recommended for any carry or duty gun, the DAO Conversion Package eliminates the single-action cocking notch. The trigger face is polished smooth to remove the sharp edges and the serrations, and the hammer spur is removed (“bobbed”) so that the hammer cannot be pulled back. I bob the hammer in a shape that both complements the lines of the gun and retains necessary hammer mass for reliable ignition. It does not look like your typical “bob the hammer with a hacksaw” job! The back of the hammer is then blued (finished to semi-matte on stainless guns) to reduce glare and distraction when you’re pulling the trigger.
Cylinder Chamfering: To make reloading easier and faster, the edges of the cylinder mouths are chamfered. Where necessary, the chambers are polished. Highly recommended for carry and duty guns!
Trigger Smoothing: The trigger face is polished smooth to remove the sharp edges, and radiused so that it feels superb to your trigger finger. In addition, the sharp corners on the back side of the trigger are chamfered for complete shooting comfort. (If desired, the width of the trigger can be reduced.)
Muzzle Crowning: If there is any fault of modern revolvers, it is that the muzzles are often poorly crowned or sometimes not crowned at all. I’ve found that a good crown not only protects the all-important rifling, many times it improves the accuracy as well. I cut a deep 45-degree crown, and then polish it to a literal mirror finish – elegant enough to match the rest of your fine machine. The effect is visually stunning.
“Dehorning”: There are many sharp edges on revolvers that can make handling, especially reloading, painful – particularly when you are moving “at speed.” Dehorning gently smooths those edges so that your hands (and clothes and holsters) won’t wear as readily. This is NOT a “meltdown” – the edges are smooth, but the appearance of the gun is not dramatically altered. I like to say that this is a modification that you FEEL, but don’t SEE! (This requires that the gun be refinished, unless you like a very “well worn” look.)