SPESCO CO .36 CAL NAVY HELP/INFO
Hey guys, I've had this BP revolver since I was a kid, my Grandpa gave it to me. If I remember correctly he said it was a kit gun probably purchased in the 60s/70s. I have read that SPESCO was an Atlanta GA importer of European and central/south American firearms, some not so big on quality.
What I have is a .36 cal Navy Model, engraved cylinder, octagon bbl, marked MADE IN ITALY . Since several buddies have put the BP bug in me I've dug out the old revolver and after years of us kids jacking with it, the cylinder will only rotate when pointed down. It also has a bit of play when you roll it (hammer down). My question is can I get this thing to fire, is there a source for parts, anyone have additional info since it is marked ITALY (possible better quality).
I want to go blast this with my buddies and their nice .44 cals! Any help/info is appreciated. James
Never heard of that importer , but an 1851 . 36 is an 1851 .36 . The .44 versions are bigger and maybe differant in hand sizes ,parts .
If it was a kit gun most of the gun depends on who assembled it . Also ....just how much of a kit was it ?
Plus ,if you as kids played with it you will need new nipples . Most of these revolvers will batter their nipples . They should not but alot will .
Look on the underside of the barrel. Look near the end where the lever hinge is. Is there any mark?
Sounds like the springs need replacing in the action. Probably need a new trigger/bolt spring and a new hand spring.
You'll need to break it down to examine whats broken. The hand spring is a very common part breakage.
Replacing the hand will require some file fitting but its not a big deal. Use the old one as a template to help you.
Check out VTI Gun Parts. http://www.vtigunparts.com/store/ They sell parts for the Italian guns.
Dixie Gun Works might be able to help you.
Thanks guys, a buddy gave me one of his old .44s today–– Gonna get the .36 going again soon.