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Old 09-15-2012, 07:01 PM   #11
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Could be 50 years of dried gummy lube in there.

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Old 09-15-2012, 07:34 PM   #12
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As mentioned, it could be any number of issues. Most of which can be fixed without a lot of drama. I happen to be of the opinion that, any firearm I acquire, gets a thorough cleaning, inspection and lubrication. It's a good way to learn about your new friend.
Worth remembering as well, Illustrated parts breakdowns and how-to videos are a simple internet search away. Some are horrible and some are excellent, you just have to wade in and sort them out.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:11 PM   #13
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Take the cylinder assembly apart and clean it and while you're at it take the side plate off and clean all that too.
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:28 PM   #14
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I would spray it liberally with WD40. Let it sit for a few days before I did anything. If it wasn't spinning freely after a good bath in WD40 I would take it in to a good gunsmith who loves S&W.
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My camera is busted right now or I would put pics up...the cylinder I'm pretty sure I can fix, but the firing pin in bent to the side...
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Mix up a batch of Ed's Red, remove and disassemble the cylinder, find a suitable container and lay the cylinder assy. plus the rest of the gun minus the grips in it and cover with Ed's.

Forget about it for a few days. Scrub everything you can with a brass brush, rinse repeat. Scrub the bore and charge holes thoroughly and blow everything out with compressed air.

Reassemble and dry fire a 100 times or so, if accumulated crud was the problem, voila you'll be amazed. If it doesn't to the gunsmith.

Google Ed's Red and decide which recipie works best for you...use caution as some recipes are flammable. Hope this works for you, enjoy your "new" gun!!

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