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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:48 pm 
Hawkeye

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I was at the range today,and my Bearcat keeps locking up. Y'all know you have to half cock the Bearcat to load and unload it. Well, about 3/4 of the time I put the hammer in the loading position, it locks up. I have to remove the cylinder and point the barrel up to get the hammer to be free and move. Also, sometimes, the cylinder spins freely, other times it rotates very rough, like it's sticking, although I'm not sure if this is related to the other.

Also, this Bearcat I sent to David Clements to have his accuracy package and trigger job. And you bet it's one accurate revolver. The best part about today's trip to the range: I emailed Mr. Clements while I was at the range. He returned my email almost immediately. When I got home, I made a quick trip to the gun store and mailed it to him to look over and fix.

I'm just asking here, as I'm curious what could be the cause.

edited: Here is the gun in question from another range trip:
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:26 pm 
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Were you certain your base pin was pushed in all the way?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:46 pm 
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About the base pin, yes. When I first got the gun back from Clements, the base pin latch must have gotten cross threaded or something. It kept coming loose, so I replaced the base pin latch. And yes, I did check that it was tight. But I do think it has something to do with the base pin. It never felt the same as other revolvers.

In his email, Mr. Clements said he figured it’s a minor fix. I sent it back because over the last year, whenever I would shoot this gun, I’d always have trouble with it. I suppose I got fed up.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:24 am 
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You can have the symptoms you described when the hand plunger and spring are installed backwards; spring in the hole 1st instead of the plunger.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:48 am 
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Had the same problem with my 6" Bearcat. Installed a Belt Mountain base pin and solved the problem

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:08 am 
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Thanks for the comments, I’m glad it does sound like a minor issue. I originally bought this gun for my daughter to learn on. It wouldn’t be any fun to learn how to shoot on a gun with problems.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:17 am 
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Good looking gun! Wow! Good service from Mr Clements!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:59 am 
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Gale to hear that it’s on the way to being repaired! Now let’s talk about those stag grips!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:18 am 
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Yeah, those are handsome grips!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:44 pm 
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Yes a fairly nice set with decent bark; actually they are Elk antler, not true Stag which only come from the Stag deer species. A common mistake in nomenclature.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:44 pm 
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Thanks for the comments. Yes David Clements is a super guy. He did a conversion for me on A Blackhawk, and at the same time, the work on this Bearcat. I spoke with him on the phone, very knowledgable and easy going.

I told him way back in 2008 in the magazine “Guns of the Old West” there was a review about a single six he improved. Since then I have wanted one of his guns.

The grips are from Sack Peterson. They fit very well and really improve the looks of the gun. To be safe I took them off before shipping the gun.

Thank you for all the feedback. I’m going on vacation later this week, back to the in-laws, so I wanted to get the gun fixed while we are gone.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:34 pm 
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gramps wrote:
Good looking gun! Wow! Good service from Mr Clements!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:20 pm 
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I picked up my Bearcat today. I used a local gun shop to mail it in and so it has to be mailed back to them.

Anyway, I spoke with Mr. Clements on the phone and he said the problem was with the base pin. I had him install a Belt Mountain base pin, one of the oversized style. And it has the small notch on it. That plus the base pin latch wasn’t locking the base pin in securely.

His fix was to cut the notch in the base pin all the way around the pin itself, so if it rotates, it will still have a grasp on the base pin latch. Before, it could rotate and then come loose. He also put in a heavier spring in the base pin latch.

I hope my explanation is understandable. :D

The poor little gun had to travel a long way, but I’ve sat here and cocked it repeatedly and it seems to be operating as it should.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:02 pm 
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That is looking good!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:16 am 
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gramps wrote:
Good looking gun! Wow! Good service from Mr Clements!
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