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    Quote Originally Posted by c.r.
    I'm not sure if going from half cock directly to rest can cause any mechanical problems............., but by correctly going from 1/2 to full to rest, it either prevents/reduces the ring from occuring in the first place or stops an existing ring from getting worse.
    The following assumes a traditional single-action revolver (no transfer bar), and that one has loaded 1, skipped 1 and loaded 4.

    If you go from half-cock directly to quarter-cock or rest, the cylinder will be in one of two conditions, depending on where the cylinder was when the hammer was lowered:
    • Indexed. The hammer will be over a loaded chamber.
    • Out of index.
      • The hamer may or may not be over a loaded chamber.
      • A heavy blow to the hammer may cause the firing pin to:
        • Strike nothing, if the hammer is over an empty chamber.
        • Strike the case head.
        • Strike the primer. The gun may fire, depending on how far off center the firing pin strikes the primer. If the gun fires and the cylinder is sufficiently out of index, the forcing cone may not be able to force the cylinder into alignment, resulting in shaving, spitting or worse.
        • Strike the cylinder.
      • Subsequent handling may:
        • Rotate the cylinder into index in the reverse direction, leaving the hammer over a loaded chamber.
        • Rotate the cylinder into index in the forward direction, leaving the hammer over the empty chamber.

    Always go from half-cock to full-cock to rest. This leaves nothing to chance.

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    July 14: General Interest
    1789 : French revolutionaries storm Bastille

    Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille,
    a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon
    monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French
    Revolution, a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis
    XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and
    his wife Marie Antoinette, were executed.

    The Bastille was originally constructed in 1370 as a bastide, or
    "fortification," to protect the walled city of Paris from English attack.
    It was later made into an independent stronghold, and its name--bastide--was
    corrupted to Bastille. The Bastille was first used as a state prison in the
    17th century, and its cells were reserved for upper-class felons, political
    troublemakers, and spies. Most prisoners there were imprisoned without a
    trial under direct orders of the king. Standing 100 feet tall and surrounded
    by a moat more than 80 feet wide, the Bastille was an imposing structure in
    the Parisian landscape.

    By the summer of 1789, France was moving quickly toward revolution. There
    were severe food shortages in France that year, and popular resentment
    against the rule of King Louis XVI was turning to fury. In June, the Third
    Estate, which represented commoners and the lower clergy, declared itself
    the National Assembly and called for the drafting of a constitution.
    Initially seeming to yield, Louis legalized the National Assembly but then
    surrounded Paris with troops and dismissed Jacques Necker, a popular
    minister of state who had supported reforms. In response, mobs began rioting
    in Paris at the instigation of revolutionary leaders.

    Bernard-Jordan de Launay, the military governor of the Bastille, feared that
    his fortress would be a target for the revolutionaries and so requested
    reinforcements. A company of Swiss mercenary soldiers arrived on July 7 to
    bolster his garrison of 82 soldiers. The Marquis de Sade, one of the few
    prisoners in the Bastille at the time, was transferred to an insane asylum
    after he attempted to incite a crowd outside his window by yelling: "They
    are massacring the prisoners; you must come and free them." On July 12,
    royal authorities transferred 250 barrels of gunpowder to the Bastille from
    the Paris Arsenal, which was more vulnerable to attack. Launay brought his
    men into the Bastille and raised its two drawbridges.

    On July 13, revolutionaries with muskets began firing at soldiers standing
    guard on the Bastille's towers and then took cover in the Bastille's
    courtyard when Launay's men fired back. That evening, mobs stormed the
    Paris Arsenal and another armory and acquired thousands of muskets. At
    dawn on July 14, a great crowd armed with muskets, swords, and various
    makeshift weapons began to gather around the Bastille.

    Launay received a delegation of revolutionary leaders but refused to
    surrender the fortress and its munitions as they requested. He later
    received a second delegation and promised he would not open fire on the
    crowd. To convince the revolutionaries, he showed them that his cannons
    were not loaded. Instead of calming the agitated crowd, news of the unloaded
    cannons emboldened a group of men to climb over the outer wall of the
    courtyard and lower a drawbridge. Three hundred revolutionaries rushed in,
    and Launay's men took up a defensive position. When the mob outside began
    trying to lower the second drawbridge, Launay ordered his men to open fire.
    One hundred rioters were killed or wounded.

    Launay's men were able to hold the mob back, but more and more Parisians
    were converging on the Bastille. Around 3 p.m., a company of deserters from
    the French army arrived. The soldiers, hidden by smoke from fires set by the
    mob, dragged five cannons into the courtyard and aimed them at the Bastille.
    Launay raised a white flag of surrender over the fortress. Launay and his
    men were taken into custody, the gunpowder and cannons were seized, and the
    seven prisoners of the Bastille were freed. Upon arriving at the Hotel de
    Ville, where Launay was to be arrested by a revolutionary council, the
    governor was pulled away from his escort by a mob and murdered.

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    provided the French revolutionary cause with an irresistible momentum.
    Joined by four-fifths of the French army, the revolutionaries seized control
    of Paris and then the French countryside, forcing King Louis XVI to accept a
    constitutional government. In 1792, the monarchy was abolished and Louis and
    his wife Marie-Antoinette were sent to the guillotine for treason in 1793.

    By order of the new revolutionary government, the Bastille was torn down.
    On February 6, 1790, the last stone of the hated prison-fortress was
    presented to the National Assembly. Today, July 14--Bastille Day--is
    celebrated as a national holiday in France.
    Last edited by 230RN; July 17th, 2009 at 08:08 AM. Reason: Attempting to correct excessive line length
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