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Northman 03-31-2013 03:39 PM

old Smith & Wesson - needs repair
I have a very old Smith and Wesson No. 3 Model in 44 calibre that needs repair. I can chock the handgun but the cylinder does not lock into place. In otherwords the cylinder rotates freely. How can I get this fixed ? Who out there is a good gunsmith that can do this for me ? I live in Canada and a little hesitant to ship this gun as it is a very old and expensive engraved antique. Tim

robocop10mm 03-31-2013 09:10 PM

With the rise in interest created by the Cowboy Action shooters, there is probably someone in Canada with some degree of expertise. You might try the SASS web site. They might have suggestions.

One answer may be fouling. Dirt has a nasty habit of keeping parts from working right. Give it a good cleaning.

Northman 04-01-2013 04:13 AM

I try the SASS web site. Never thought to check with them.

sicko 04-01-2013 05:13 AM

I'm guessing [retracted]

danf_fl 04-01-2013 11:46 AM

Welcome gentlemen to the FTF, How about stopping by "Introductions" and say "Hi"?

Good schematic sicko! Based on what the OP has written, part 880 is not stopping the cylinder.
That could be that spring 881 is not working, or part 880 is broke or part 908 is broke.

Part 881 keeps pressure on part 880 which is moved by part 908.
When cocked, the trigger lower portion is moved forward releasing part 880, and spring 881 pushes part 880 up, thus stopping the cylinder.

Northman 04-01-2013 03:26 PM

Thanks everyone for the tip and I will look into these parts. Now I gotta find the schematics.

danf_fl 04-01-2013 03:32 PM

Go back to sicko's post and click on the link he has provided.

srtolly1 04-01-2013 03:51 PM

I have worked on similar guns and danf_fl is right. Cylinder stop should be sticking out of the frame and should drop down when the gun is cocked, cylinder should rotate and the stop comes back up. You can probably watch this happen in the gap between the cylinder and the frame.

sicko 04-02-2013 12:07 AM

Looks like I've found the right place for people that know what they are talking about :D

danf_fl 04-02-2013 12:16 AM


Originally Posted by sicko (Post 1199818)
Looks like I've found the right place for people that know what they are talking about :D

Peruse the forum. There are a lot of talented people here. And there is no charge for our advice (but you get what you pay for).

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