British Army Pistol

You must have been using it single action, hammer pulled back, as standard a S&W model 10 should have a 8-9 lb double and 3-4 lb single pressure, quite a lot of pull needed for double action.
From (unreliable) memory, it was a single-action pistol.

Bollocks to John Wayne and Clint Eastwood: I really, really, really - I mean really - didn't like it.
 
From (unreliable) memory, it was a single-action pistol.

Bollocks to John Wayne and Clint Eastwood: I really, really, really - I mean really - didn't like it.
In that case it wouldn't have been a police issue, single action only have never been issued to UK police ,going back as far as victorian times. Private owned pre Dunblane ?
 
In that case it wouldn't have been a police issue, single action only have never been issued to UK police ,going back as far as victorian times. Private owned pre Dunblane ?
Couldn't say. It was certainly pre-Dunblane (1983, I think) and I'm pretty sure it was single-action.

Even if if wasn't single-action, it needed but the lightest touch on the trigger, compared to the BHP.

Scary: hated it.
 
Couldn't say. It was certainly pre-Dunblane (1983, I think) and I'm pretty sire it was single action.

Even if if wasn't single action, it needed but the lightest touch on the trigger, compared to the BHP.
If it was double action the pull would be at least twice that of a Browning,probably a private owned Ruger Single Six or similar, they were popular about that time,especially the Bisley variant. basically an updated version of the old Colt SAA six-shooter, they could have very light triger pull.

 
If it was double action the pull would be at least twice that of a Browning,probably a private owned Ruger Single Six or similar, they were popular about that time, basically an updated version of the old Colt SAA six-shooter, they could have very light triger pull.
And members of the North Yorkshire Plod would have brought these out for a day on the range with the Army?

The past is indeed a foreign country, where they do things differently !
 
If it was double action the pull would be at least twice that of a Browning,probably a private owned Ruger Single Six or similar, they were popular about that time,especially the Bisley variant. basically an updated version of the old Colt SAA six-shooter, they could have very light triger pull.

Certainly didn't even faintly resemble a Peacemaker - that would have been special!!
More like the S&W thing that I've seen on You Tube, where the ole-timer Cop drives 4-inch nails into a post by shooting at them.
 
You have me curious, S&W all tend to be double action, I will have to do a bit of searching, my Model 29 has a very! light single action, breath on it and off it goes but the double pull is around 7lbs.
 

Joshua Slocum

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You have me curious, S&W all tend to be double action, I will have to do a bit of searching, my Model 29 has a very! light single action, breath on it and off it goes but the double pull is around 7lbs.
Would the rozzers have had Pistols modified to suit them ? our local force used to have its own armoury and I am sure they had a bloke who serviced the weapons working for them ( 20 odd years ago)
 
I knew a couple of Firearms trained cops who owned Rugers, they rather liked them
I knew chuffing dozens - they were all in the RUC in the early 1980s, and very happy to flash their PPWs in their shoulder holsters. when they were off duty, in civvies, and pished at a Polis or Army bar.

Much less bravado was evident on their part, when we were escorting them stone-cold-sober, in uniform, around various parts of West Belfast. :wink:
 
Would the rozzers have had Pistols modified to suit them ? our local force used to have its own armoury and I am sure they had a bloke who serviced the weapons working for them ( 20 odd years ago)
That would be no, all had to be to a Home Office standard so that would usually limit them to the double action Rugers , Speed/Service SIX or the S&Ws usualy Model 10s or 19s, mainland usually S&W.
 
That's very helpful advice . . . .

For anyone who has ever fired a double-action revolver

I've put thousands of rounds down ranges various with issue BHPs (since firing one for the first time at the age of [circa] 15, when my mate in the CCF took me on a visit to see his uncle, who was an officer at Deepcut in the days before ABBA), hardly fired anything else. Ever.

In my late 20s, when running a CQB range for N Yorks Old Bill, I was allowed to try one of their 6-shot revolvers (S&W, I think, .32 or mebbe .38 ) I didn't hit Jack with it: only had to touch the chuffing trigger and it went 'bang'!!

All well and good for civilised practice on a 25 yd range - a distinct problem, I've always thought, in a Police weapon: reasoning that when you're in fear for your life, the adrenaline is pumping, and you are surrounded by (more or less) innocent, unarmed civvies, there's a lot to be said for a weapon that doesn't fire just 'cos you and your trigger-finger are a tad wound up and prone to quivering . . . .
Probably a S&W M10 or similar, cocking the hammer for a single-action pull. In a stress situation, you'd never cock the hammer for the very reasons outlined.

I believe that it was pretty common for people to fettle the triggers on issue S&W's. It's a very easy thing to do, basic fettling. Polish all the working surfaces inside, clip down the trigger return spring, wind the mainspring back a bit and there you are.
 
@Bravo_Bravo

I'd also like to congratulate you, after an appropriate pause, for the astonishing speed of your riposte (above) to my post of November (?) 2015.

I bet you're a delight to watch in the quick fire round at a pub quiz :)
 
There's roughly four people in the entire Army who can hit anything with a pistol so I'd forget any ideas of glorious last stands or any kind of playing John McClane with one. 98% of squaddies would be better off throwing the thing at the naughty people and hoping the distraction gives them enough time to have it on their heels the other way.
Only three now; I left last year.
 

overopensights

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More have ND themselves than have "Taken out" a baddie with a pistol. Using one is akin to a bayonet, if your using it your are in deep shit.
After years of intermittent training with a bayonet, the only thing I ever prodded with my 'sticker' was a dog in Libya, it was frothing at the mouth and eyeing up my leg for his lunch!
 

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