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Old 04-25-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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I have a Harrington and Richardson 38 S&W CTGE revolver that I am restoring for a friend. the hammer will not stay back and when you pull the trigger it doesn't do anything. I believe there is a spring missing. does that sound about right? any advice anyone has on restoring old revolvers (aside from throw it away and get a new one) I'd love to hear.

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Old 04-26-2010, 10:05 AM   #2
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Pictures would be of help, especially pictures of the internals, ones with the pistol disasembled to the point where you think something may be missing or going wrong.

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It sounds like more than 1 piece is broken or missing. The sear should catch the hammer sear notch when pulled back on S/A mode. On D/A mode the trigger should cock the hammer & rotate cylinder. I'd advise taking it to your local trusted gunsmith. Be aware that if there's very much wrong with it, it may cost as much to fix as what it's worth. I'm assuming it has sentimental value?


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I have a Harrington and Richardson 38 S&W CTGE revolver that I am restoring for a friend. the hammer will not stay back and when you pull the trigger it doesn't do anything. I believe there is a spring missing. does that sound about right? any advice anyone has on restoring old revolvers (aside from throw it away and get a new one) I'd love to hear.
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"ctg" just stands for cartridge, as in 38 s&w cartridge. it has nothing to do with the model of the gun.

the old top break modelsof these are very common. if thats what it is, just buying one spring for it would likely cost more than the gun is worth. i hope it has sentimental value, and hes not paying you for labor, and he dosent intend on ever trying to actually shoot it

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I would try to get a schematic of the old baby. A good place to start is www.e-gunparts.com

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thanks everyone for the input. I'll take some pics when I can and get them up. It's quite a rusty old thing. trying to get all of that off at the moment.

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The only other things I can think of since it doesn't have a name or model number is that it's auto-ejecting and the cylinder is marked 849 if that helps...i think i found the serial 373849

and here is a photo i found of another gun that looks EXACTLY like it. only the one Ive got has a LOT more rust and is blued.

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