Smith & Wesson Triple Lock Gun
Category: Hand Guns
History about Smith & Wesson Triple Lock Gun and some facts, Smith & Wesson Triple Lock Gun is a double action revolver known officially as the Smith and Wesson .44 hand gun and it is considered the finest revolver of all times. Popularly referred to as Triple Lock, this Hand Ejector derives its name from the extra or third locking system located on the cylinder crane. Because of the enormous power produced by the .44 special cartridge (a cartridge which is a lengthened .44 Russian belonging to the larger cartridge group of .44 Magnum), the triple locking system was used to counteract the power produced. The .44 part in the model name is meant to differentiate this model in terms of chambering from other Smith and Wesson’s other models. Just like other hand ejector models, this Triple lock gun requires a user to depress the nozzle to eject the used cases.
Even though Smith & Wesson manufactured some first rate revolvers, none of them can match up with the usability, flexibility and quality of the the Triple Lock New Century model. Smith & Wesson first introduced the .32 Hand Ejector in 1986 which was chambered in .32 Smith and Wesson Long whose specs was triumphed by the .38 model.
Triple Locking System
The .38 early Hand Ejector models were very popular at that time but Smith was more focused on conceiving a large-frame revolver. With his innovations, he finally managed to come up with .44 Hand Ejector 1st Model (also referred to as Triple Lock or New Century) in 1907. This model has sleek design and engineered to suit the needs of even a novice. Its three-way locking system included a fitted lockup at the cylinder face, a lock at the end of the ejector rod and the third locking system incorporated a strongly built bolt and notch that locked the yoke into the frame rearward to the ejector rod shroud. This Triple Lock system gives the revolver a unique appearance.
Unlike other revolvers of those times, the .44 Hand Ejectors featured a cylinder crane that showcased craftsmanship that enabled the revolver to be super strong. This enables the revolver to withstand great pressure beyond even what is was engineered for. The third locking system (the yoke lock) wasn’t that necessary because of the less pressures of the .44 Special Cartridges but it displayed the creativity and the capability of Smith and Wesson of creating a finely tuned yet strong revolver. The cylinder crane looked more sophisticated and it is hard to comprehend the engineering behind it. The main problem with the crane lock is that it get dirty easily as debris and other particles fills the lock with ease making the revolver to be inoperable temporarily. Also, these cylinders were not heat treated.
The new .44 Special Cartridge needed a strong revolver that is why the manufactures are Smith and Wesson lengthened the .44 Russian cases in order to increase the capacity from 23 to 26 grains. At first, the few additional grains didn’t make a significant impact on the efficiency of the system but with the coming of new efficient propellants, bullet speeds were boosted.
The Smith & Wesson Triple Lock Gun is one of the old revolvers whose specs have been improved with time to suit the needs of people. The three-way locking system is the unique thing about this revolver.