There are few things in this world finer than a customized double action revolver. I’ve been shooting my 625 for quite some time now, and had reached a point where my skill at action jobs wasn’t sufficient to tune the gun up any further. I can replace springs and mess with screws, but to give it a really good action job I had to send it somewhere.
The problem is that sending this particular gun anywhere is like sending one of my children away. I won my first anything of any significance with this gun, so the thought of shipping it off to some gunsmith filled me with dread. I instead pursued a local solution, getting in touch with the gunsmith at West Coast Armory in Bellevue, Washington. I didn’t want a whole lot done to the gun; just have the action lightened up, the internals all polished, the hammer bobbed and the charge holes lightly beveled. The other big concern was that the gun has to be reliable with factory ammo; I don’t handload and crush seat only Federal Primers, so if I’m using the 625 to review some .45 ACP ammo from BVAC it has to go “bang”.
The gun turned out very well. The gunsmith at WCA polished all the internal parts, bobbed the
hammer and gave it a matte finish, as well as lightening up the action without sacrificing trigger return speed.
Of course, the problem with a really good revolver action job and tune-up is that I can expend millions of pixels explaining why it’s good, but that doesn’t really help most people “get” it, because sadly many shooters will never shoot a really nicely tuned revolver. A great revolver trigger is just, well it’s the best thing ever, and if you’ve never shot one, you’re going to have to trust me on that.
I took the 625 out to the range to give it a run with some of the aforementioned BVAC ammo. That’s full power factory ammo, not reduced loads for USPSA. With the old action that was about 4 pounds heavier, the fastest splits I could pull and maintain a reasonable standard of accuracy were in the .25-.30 range. With the new trigger, I was able to decrease those split times down to .20-.25 range, which over the course of a 150 round match could produce up to a 15 second time differential. 15 seconds in a major match is forever. More importantly, I had 100% ignition with the gun. No failures, no light primer hits, none of that stuff that makes revolver shooters shudder in horror. The gun worked, and it worked really well.
If you’re a wheelgun guy up in the Pacific Northwest/Seattle Area and you’re looking for an action job for your revolver, I do strongly recommend the gunsmith at West Coast Armory. Here’s the breakdown of all the work I had done on my gun:
- All internal parts polished
- hammer bobbed and matte re-finished
- chamfered charge holes
- lightened trigger rebound spring (I already had a Wolf mainspring in the gun)
Total cost for this work is $150, which is an absolute STEAL. If you want to tune up your wheelgun to get it ready for IDPA or USPSA competition, and you don’t want to travel far from the Seattle/Bellevue area, take it to Jim at West Coast Armory and he will do an excellent job tuning up your wheelgun.