About NotClauswitz

The semi-sprawling adventures of a culturally hegemonic former flat-lander and anti-idiotarian individualist, fleeing the toxic cultural smug emitted by self-satisfied lotus-eating low-land Tesla-driving floppy-hat wearing lizadroid-Leftbat Califorganic eco-tofuistas ~

6 thoughts on “Elvis vs. The Beatles

  1. Ed would know! I daresay fashion comes about slowly in a conservative industry where only now has Ruger introduced their 1911 – but then we are blessed by passing glimpses of brilliant electricity, like the Whitney Wolverine…that didn't sell.

    The '68 rib isn't much, about 0.045 – but it's enough – and the edges are dished and polished so there's work there too.
    I was looking at the relative complexity of maintaining the high “tower” that fixes the front-sight height on the '61. The glare-free matte barrel top is another plus for the '68 and they radius the rib to match the frame so there's work there too.
    Unlike the Evil Beatles with their cheap bowl haircuts…

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  2. I can see where the heavier barrel is also cheaper to produce, not having a taper or to turn it down as far but yet still keep the front sight at the proper height – and leaving the top un-polished reduces machine work.

    That was my initial reflex, too, but then there's the fact that the revo has the rib on top.

    I should email Ed Foster and ask how many machining steps are really saved by the ribbed heavy barrel vis-a-vis the non-ribbed tapered barrel…

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  3. I can see where the heavier barrel is also cheaper to produce, not having a taper or to turn it down as far but yet still keep the front sight at the proper height – and leaving the top un-polished reduces machine work. And muzzle flip.
    But think of the Evil Beatles and the British Invasion, them and their aesthetically unpleasing bevel-sided no-taper stirrup-latched Webblys.

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  4. I'll readily admit I think the heavier barrels are more aesthetically pleasing on a double-action revolver.

    I need to get more into revolvers…

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  5. The heavier barrel does help with muzzle flip.

    The heavy barrel was introduced in '59 and, by the late '70s, had almost completely supplanted the standard barrel, although I think the tapered barrel was cataloged well into the '80s…

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