Lock up question... Ruger SP 101

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Tackleberry1, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Ok all, I freely admit to being a Revolver novice so be kind with my terminology here but feel free to correct me.

    I was letting a friend shoot my Ruger SP 101 and he had a "failure to fire". Hammer fell on a live cartridge with no bang.

    I immediately stopped him from pulling the trigger again, waited about a minute with the gun pointed downrange, then unloaded it to find a dimple on the extreme edge of the primer?

    After unloading the revolver, with the cylinder open, I pressed down on the little "spring loaded' tab in the bottom of the frame that raises up to engage the cylinders "locking ports".

    It was very slow to pop back up?

    I loaded it with Hoppes # 9, let it soak about an hour, and gave the gun a thorough cleaning.

    The "tab" is raising faster now but it's does not "immediately" snap back up so I'm concerned about shooting the gun.

    Should this locking tab "instantly" return to the up position?

    Feedback appreciated.

    Tack
     

  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Short answer is yes.
     
  3. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Yes... The tab should pop up "instantly"?

    If so, I probably need Ruger to install a new spring?

    Tack
     
  4. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I just checked mine and it come up instantly. Positive spring pressure with no drag.
     
  5. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Fixed it!

    A quick shot of solvent under pressure and it's popping up instantly. Must have just been gunked up a bit... :)

    Thanks guys.

    Tack
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    You fixed it like a true gunsmith would have!! A large percentage of "broken" guns just require cleaning.
     
  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Did you buy the SP101 new or used?
     
  8. cotex

    cotex New Member

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    Reminds me of the movie man on fire, "A bullet never lies"
     
  9. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Bought it new about 5 years ago...

    I always clean the barrel, cylinders, ect... but never paid any attention to the locking tab until the miss fire and noticing the offset dimple on the primer.

    Tack
     
  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Good to know to watch out for.