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Posted: 2/19/2006 6:07:46 PM EST
Every year or two, I need a reminder of my own dumb-assery and decide to disassembe the guts of my j-frame.


I spent about an hour today trying to remember how to put the damn thing back together. I manged to do it without slicing open my thumb this time. Is there a special tool for re-installing the trigger rebound spring? That always drives me up the wall.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:56:11 PM EST
Yep, Brownell's sell one:

You can get cute and make your own from an old screwdriver.

There are two types of these.
The Brownell's type has a slot cut in the end to clear the rebound spring pin in the frame.
The second type has a flat screwdriver-like end with a "tit" on the end that enters the spring and keeps the tool from slipping like the Brownell's version.
This one slips beside the frame pin.
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 6:08:34 AM EST
Next year put all the parts in a big zip loc bag for a few weeks/months and then try to reassemble.

That's usually how I do it, so I can sit in front of an exploded diagram and crawl around looking for springs to add to the pleasure.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:10:34 PM EST
I've always used a screwdriver a little bigger than the rebound slide spring, and just crammed it back in......I've never had a problem with mine. Of course, I often cut a coil or two off the spring while I'm polishing the guts, but I've also done several without changing anything. I just jam the spring into the slide, and press it into place, with the blade holding the spring in place. Are you sure everything's lined up right?

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