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Old 04-19-2013, 12:29 AM   #1
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Default Lock up question... Ruger SP 101

Ok all, I freely admit to being a Revolver novice so be kind with my terminology here but feel free to correct me.

I was letting a friend shoot my Ruger SP 101 and he had a "failure to fire". Hammer fell on a live cartridge with no bang.

I immediately stopped him from pulling the trigger again, waited about a minute with the gun pointed downrange, then unloaded it to find a dimple on the extreme edge of the primer?

After unloading the revolver, with the cylinder open, I pressed down on the little "spring loaded' tab in the bottom of the frame that raises up to engage the cylinders "locking ports".

It was very slow to pop back up?

I loaded it with Hoppes # 9, let it soak about an hour, and gave the gun a thorough cleaning.

The "tab" is raising faster now but it's does not "immediately" snap back up so I'm concerned about shooting the gun.

Should this locking tab "instantly" return to the up position?

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Short answer is yes.
Yes... The tab should pop up "instantly"?

If so, I probably need Ruger to install a new spring?

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I just checked mine and it come up instantly. Positive spring pressure with no drag.

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I just checked mine and it come up instantly. Positive spring pressure with no drag.
Fixed it!

A quick shot of solvent under pressure and it's popping up instantly. Must have just been gunked up a bit...

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You fixed it like a true gunsmith would have!! A large percentage of "broken" guns just require cleaning.

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Did you buy the SP101 new or used?

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Did you buy the SP101 new or used?
Bought it new about 5 years ago...

I always clean the barrel, cylinders, ect... but never paid any attention to the locking tab until the miss fire and noticing the offset dimple on the primer.

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