Again there is no way of telling it does not give enough info on the revolver . Older revolvers did not have a transfer bar and that includes SA/DA . Meaning if the hammer was sitting on a loaded chamber it could go off if dropped which is why they designed the transfer bar.Did some more searching.
It may have been a Blackhawk which is SA.
But to have it cocked on a chambered round?
I'm somewhat confused about revolvers.
Dropping it on a cocked hammer will fire it? Does not seem safe to me.
I'm with you. Handguns just don't fire by themselves.I really wish somebody could explain how these guns keep going off without pulling the trigger.
his Ruger .357-caliber Western-style revolver fell out of its holster and fired a round
I am guessing he lied to police. I think he was playing with it and if he was not when he dropped it his finger hit the trigger . But again I am just guessing. If it had a transfer bar he could carry a Western Style hammer on a loaded chamber.I thought you were supposed to carry a western style revolver hammer down on an empty cylinder?
He got off easy, so many things could have gone wrong.
I was thinking along these lines since the only place you can hook a finger on a falling gun is inside the trigger guard.I don't remember where i read the article, or how much research was involved, but people in a panic trying to grab a dropped pistol often grab it by the trigger causing a ND