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tmossberg 09-04-2010 08:47 PM

Colt 1903 fires when chambering a round
I got a 1903 32 cal. ACP from my dad. It was in pieces so I assembled it (tough to do until you figure out that the hammer won't go in unless you squeeze the trigger and grip safety real hard).
I put a couple rounds in the magazine, brought it out back and when I chambered a round it fired. Scared the ---- out of me. So -- I tried it again and the same thing happened if I was squeezing the grip. Tried it once more with my hand clear of the grip and it was fine. Now I would have thought the sear and hammer weren't engaging but --- I unloaded it and tried and the hammer fired.
Tried this a bunch of times and the hammer always fired. The firing pin spring seems strong --- I can move it forward (when the receiver is off) but it has good resistance. Any thoughts on why it is doing this?

danf_fl 09-04-2010 09:08 PM

Do not load it until you can take it to a smith.
There may have been a reason that it was disassembled.

tmossberg 09-04-2010 09:15 PM

Thanks --- Thats what I plan on. I'm not a gunsmith but pretty good with things like this --- just puzzles me.

stalkingbear 09-04-2010 10:28 PM

It sounds like a worn sear or sear spring to me-I echo taking it to a smith.

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