Disassemby of a RG-38 Revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by danf_fl, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    A family heirloom.

    I am looking for disassembly instructions. The cylinder is locked up and will not release with the lever. The screw on the shaft came out and will not allow the shaft to retract enough for cylinder to open.
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Thanks. It looks like I have to relieve pressure from the hammer spring, undo the screw in the grip and push the pin out under the cylinder.

    Tried it and with the cylinder still in frame, it will not come out.
    Can't get the cylinder out without getting screw turned in to allow cylinder pin enough slack to get by the frame catch.

    Why couldn't it have been a S&W? :confused:
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Story of my life too :(
    But hey, its a gun & you have a new project :D
    Keep us posted (and dont touch that cutting torch) :p
     
  5. Zodiac131911

    Zodiac131911 New Member

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    Are you trying to remove the cylinder
     
  6. Zodiac131911

    Zodiac131911 New Member

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    The way most 38 cylinders came out is you unscrew the pin under the barrel and fully remove it and the cylinder will come free
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    :)
    I'm sorry :eek:
     
  8. Zodiac131911

    Zodiac131911 New Member

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    I took me and three others to figure out how to dump the cylinder
     
  9. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Sorry bout that too :D
     
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    IIRC (been a while since I saw one) The RG 38 was a swing out cylinder gun, not the "pull the pin out of the center of cylinder" thing.

    The ejector rod MAY have a left hand thread (to keep it from unscrewing when gun is shot) If it unscrews, it gets longer, and binds everything in place.

    The ejector rod can be screwed back in by GENTLY using a pair of needle nose pliers- grip, turn 1/24th of a turn, release, grip, turn 1/24th, etc, until you get it turned back in. If gun is cocked, then the hand is extended against the cylinder rachet, and will hold cylinder from moving.
     
  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Yes I am trying to remove and disassemble the cylinder mechanism.
    There is a screw inside the shaft that has come "unscrewed" and will not allow the shaft to compress and release the cylinder.
    Removing the retaining screw and pulling out the innards (ala S&W) does not work. Rotating the shaft from the outside does not work (the screw is free turning and holds the return spring in the shaft and not held tight enough).
    I though that a disassemble of the frame from grip area would help me get to the retained portion of the shaft (no, the grip part will not come off unless the cylinder is open)
     
  12. Zodiac131911

    Zodiac131911 New Member

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    Try to post pictures of what your talking about
     
  13. Belltactical

    Belltactical New Member

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    Yeah, please Post
    pix if you can. Now I'm curious too.
     
  14. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Using this diagram (Thanks Belltactical) http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Products.aspx?catid=8741
    screw (36) worked out and sits in shaft (37) and will not allow shaft (32) to retract enough to release cylinder.
    (In this diagram it does not appear to screw (36) fits on end of shaft (32), but it does.)
     
  15. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I aint belltactsumthin but your welcome :cool:
     
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  16. Belltactical

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    Hey, it's not like I tried to take credit for it :)
     
  17. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Thanks Hossfly, my sincerest apologies.
     
  18. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Just yankin your chain -:p
    Glad you gettin it figured out :)
     
  19. Belltactical

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    And it's Belltactical, not Belltactsumthin.
     
  20. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Well success!!!
    Got the dern thing apart. Had to put pins in, move things around as I disassembled.

    Got it apart, found that the problem was old oil that dried up and was working as an "adhesive" in binding up the works.

    Properly lubed, reassembled, and test fired. Cylinder swings out nice and easy.

    Saved the family heirloom for a friend.