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Posted: 7/31/2005 11:50:40 AM EDT
I have an old S+W .22 LR Kit gun that my dad purchased back in the 1960s. The gun is in good shape and shoots OK, but now I can't unlock the cylinder. The cylinder rotates freely and I am able to dry fire the pistol fine - everything seems to work. However, pressing forward on the thumb piece doesn't appear to do anything -- the lock at the bottom of the cylinder appears to still be engaged and the cylinder won't budge at all.

Any ideas?
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 12:11:58 PM EDT
The hammer must be down for the cylinder latch to unlock the DA pistol.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 5:10:55 PM EDT
Dano523, the hammer is in the down position.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 5:32:16 PM EDT
I had a S&W K-22 Model 17 of mine do the same thing. It was REALLY dirty, so I took the grips off and doused it in carburetor cleaner and WD-40 paying special attention to the cylinder latch.

Worked the latch a few times and it opened. There must have been some crud interfering with the forward/backward travel of the parts.

Hope you get it fixed, those old S&W .22s are the schiznitz! I got my little sister a Model 34 just like yours when she graduated from high school, it is a 2" and she's carried it all over the country with her. One heck of an accurate, beautiful revolver.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 5:35:16 PM EDT
Arkansas_Rocketman, I'll try that. To my knowledge, the grips have not been off this gun since the early 80s
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 5:39:54 PM EDT
I have one with the same problem. The ejector rod works loose after a few cilinders of ammo.
What you have to do is tighten the ejector rod by hand and the cylinder will loosen up enough to swing out.
Hope this helps.
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