How To Remove Smith & Wesson Internal Lock
We aren’t real big on Smith & Wesson revolver internal locks. In fact, we hate them. So…how can you remove your Governor’s internal lock?
You can see in this excellent video (not done by us) how this can be done in most any S&W revolver. The video does not demonstrate removing the Governor lock unfortunately.
Still, there is value in watching and learning. At the end there is a resource mentioned that you may want to pick up as well; so do yourself a favor and watch until the end.
Will This Leave A Hole In My Gun?
Unfortunately removing the internal lock will leave a “hole” on the back of the Governor where the lock “flag” came up. There is a post in the S&W forum where a guy was selling plugs but he is currently AWOL. I will try to update this post if I find a flag to fill the gap.
This procedure will NOT leave an unsightly hole in the side of the firearm behind the cylinder release, though.
Why Should I Remove The Internal Lock On My Governor?
I can think of a couple of reasons you might want to disable the internal lock on your Governor, just off the top of my head:
- The lock feels like guvment/nanny-state infringement
- You don’t EVER want to grab the firearm to defend yourself/loved ones and find the lock engaged for any reason
- You have heard of guns ‘locking up’ and not firing even if the internal lock has NOT been engaged
- Maybe you feel it just does not belong
- There is concern you might use the lock and lose the key
Why Not Leave The Lock, But Alter?
I think the main reason to remove the lock and not try to disable by modifying is so that you can:
- Put it back in, for warranty reasons or resale (only sell your Governor if you are DESPERATE for cash!)
- You don’t want to risk screwing up the mechanism
The only reason I can think of to disable and not remove would be to avoid the slot shaped hole in the backstrap.
Whatever your reason for wanting to remove your Governor’s internal lock, here is the video should you choose to attempt this.
NOTE: GovernorHolster.com is NOT recommending you make this change to your firearm and it may void the warranty.