Colt 1903 fires when chambering a round

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by tmossberg, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. tmossberg

    tmossberg New Member

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    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?
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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

  3. tmossberg

    tmossberg New Member

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

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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