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Published on Apr 6, 2011
This is an early proof-of-concept - a single action revolver such as this Ruger New Vaquero in 357 can be rigged to auto-eject empty shells via gas pressure tapped at the muzzle! Only the last shell needs to be eject-stroked in the normal way. This is the first half of what's needed to get the total unload/reload times at least ballpark close to a DA revolver.
Count the shots - I'm able to cram rounds in to the "eject position" slot as I go. This six-round revolver fires eight shots! Even the brass-catcher is working correctly, at least most of the time :).
In this particular video I got lucky - the upper half of the loading gate came open during the first shot, purely due to recoil. Which is fine - it still held closed long enough to keep that first live round from auto-ejecting. More work on the two-stage loading gate to make it more reliable is coming.
For high-res stills and a description of how this sucker is built, see also: