The level of disassembly you guys are talking about is beyond my expertise. I would love to take some classes about disassembling firearms beyond a basic field strip, but I'm not sure where to start or if I could afford them.
The ejector rod did not seem loose to me, but it was so gunked up it would get stuck on the way down. The area under the ejector star was an absolute nightmare. The cylinder wasn't stuck closed, when I tried to squeeze the trigger it was stuck. I rotated the cylinder one chamber by hand, the next squeeze went off without a hitch. Nice, smooth pull believe it or not. I haven't touched base with my buddy since I told him he would be ok using +p for self defense (and yet something tells me he hasn't taken my advice on getting his piece to a smith). I'm sure we will hang out this weekend, so I should have an update in a couple days.