Guns, Firearms, Projectile Weapon Sports/Arminius HW 5 .32 S&W Long Revolver

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I have a friend that has a Arminius HW 5 .32 S&W Long Revolver but the barrel is loose. I was wondering if there is a way to make it safe to fire again and what needs to be done?

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Arminius revolvers were imported from Germany in the 1970's or so, and are NOT good quality guns.
Since there is a real problem with the barrel, it is dangerous to shoot unless it is repaired PROPERLY. I would take it to a GOOD gunsmith and ask him to give you an estimate, but personally, I would not spend a dime on fixing it...save that  money and get a used Rossi or Charter Arms revolver, either of which is a far better made gun. I have owned both and would not hesitate to recommend either one.

The Arminius is almost worthless with little to no resale value, even in good condition. I would NEVER recommend that you try to fix it yourself. Don't mean to disappoint your friend, but it's just not worth fixing.

Mark

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General questions relating to various handguns - shooting, recommendations and general information on older/antique Smith & Wesson, Colt and other US made and European made pistols and revolvers. I am NOT an expert collector, but I have had several hundred handguns over the last 45 years+. I have repaired and refurbished several and shot hundreds of various handguns, and I am pretty knowledgeable on them.

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Started shooting in Cub Scouts at age 10. US Army veteran in the late 1960's. Owned several hundred handguns including revolvers and autoloading pistols made by Colt, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Merwin Hulbert, H&R, Iver Johnson, Hopkins and Allen, Charter Arms and European pistols made by Mauser, Beretta, Star, Llama, Tanfoglio Guseppe, Dreyse 1907 and FN. I am mostly interested in and experienced with late 19th and all 20th century pistols, not current guns using plastic.

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Have a degree in Social Work, with minors in Sociology and Fine Art (Painting)

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