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I am new to revolvers and considering to purchase a used model 617 (10 shot, 6") from a private party.
I believe the firearm is 2 -3 years old and the private party is the orginal buyer.

What are the main things to look for during visual inspection?
How best to conduct the inspection?

Beside trigger action, I am thinking about the following:
- How well does the cyclinder line up with barrel
- Wear marks on the cyclinder (front/back, edges,...)
- Barrel crown and internal visual

Thanks for your advice


Sorry - I posted in the wrong thread - advice still apprecated
 

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I'd look at all the screws on the outside so that they are not damaged. I'd check that the yoke opens and closes with just a touch from your fingers. (If you have to slap it shut, the yoke is bent). I'd look for dents to the muzzle of the gun, as this will cause accuracy problems. I'd cock the gun slowly and see if it locks up (meaning the cylinder stop that is in the bottom of the window snaps into each cutout on the cylinder. This is important because the gun could be unsafe otherwise).

Don't dryfire a 22, there is a chance of chipping the firing pin. If it has a lock, make sure it works. That's about it... kfjdrfirii
 
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