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Posted: 9/10/2010 11:28:19 PM EDT
I detail stripped my Bulgarian Makarov and now I can't get it to work when I try to reassemble it. I had detail stripped it at least 20 times before without any issues but now it won't work.

I install the trigger bar/disconnector, the hammer, the slide release, and the sear without issue.

Then I try to fit the firing spring (aka mainspring). I know that the larger prong should be "under the hammer." Where should the smaller prong go relative to the disconnector? It seems that if I put it in front of the disconnector it won't drop the hammer. If I put it behind the disconnector (by behind it I mean the opposite direction the bullet comes out of the gun), then the trigger will not reset. If I try to put it in the groove of the disconnector it doesn't work either.

Please do not just refer me to regular assembly instructions, as I have seen them all.
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