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Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by OLD Ron, Dec 22, 2019.

  1. OLD Ron

    OLD Ron Well-Known Member

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    Is there a easy way to tell what direction a pin comes out of a revolver or for that much any gun ?
     
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  2. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    When it involves a "straight pin", I just go with whichever direction it moves the easiest. Obviously, if it's a pin with a head on one end, then it's a good idea to drive the pin out in the appropriate direction.
     

  3. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Unless the manual tells you different, get a big ol' honkin' magnifying glass and go from there.:)
     
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  4. OLD Ron

    OLD Ron Well-Known Member

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    I am working on a rescue pistol & man is everything rusted in . Bent one punch already so thought I would ask .
    Thanks !
     
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  5. Les Moore

    Les Moore Well-Known Member

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    There may be a manual or other information on that firearm on the internet.
    Use brown vinegar to clear away the rust. The holes may look the same to
    a naked eye, but calipers don't lie.
     
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  6. OLD Ron

    OLD Ron Well-Known Member

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    This one is what we called a Saturday night special . Cheap gun . I do ones like this to practice different things without messing up a good gun in the process of learning . Right now I have everything out except the cylinder & it is putting up a fight .
    32 project.JPG
     
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  7. Les Moore

    Les Moore Well-Known Member

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    I'd try a few drops of brown vinegar, here and there, let it soak. You have nothing to lose.
     
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  8. OLD Ron

    OLD Ron Well-Known Member

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    I took the gun out & just dried it off ...... it's getting frustrating to work on & usually at that point I break things . No giving up but pause .
     
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  9. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Saturday Night Specials by definition are supposed to be used then gotten rid of, i.e. thrown in a dumpster or in the river.... might be where this one belongs ;):D:cool:
     
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  10. Warriorsoul84

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    I'd apply PB blaster very liberally to everything that's tight. Screws, pins, etc. Let it set and soak in overnight. Do it again. Maybe three times. Then go at it.
     
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  11. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    Kroil. Wet it, let soak overnight. If all else fails, hold gun pointed away from you. In GENERAL, pins are inserted FROM the right, removed TO the right. Unless they don't, in which case you curse the perverse SOB and damage a punch- or the gun.
     
  12. OLD Ron

    OLD Ron Well-Known Member

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    This one probably was in the trash . And that is why it is a good one to try to rescue to a point . All good practice to figure out ways to fix things that really get messed up . Then on a better gun it will be easier to get it back working again .
     
  13. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    I have faith in you.

    I think.
     
  14. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    If I can find a schematic, I look at how they depict the pins going in.
     
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  15. OLD Ron

    OLD Ron Well-Known Member

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    I have looked at the parts list & it is just a straight pin with a grove in it for the lock . #3
    It is as tough to get out as a dollar is to get out of riflings hand ! :p
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  16. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It's not always depicted as the way they go in, it might be the way they came out and really, the depiction is only for a pictorial reference to show where which #'rd pin goes where.
     
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  17. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    On those older, rust encrusted, across a poker table shooters............heat is GOOD! Some smacking with the punch, and then the Kroil!

    Doubt they had red Loctite back in the 1800's. :confused:
     
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  18. Mercator

    Mercator Well-Known Member

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    Consider an ultrasonic hot bath. I am not sure how good ultrasound is on rust but it does loosen up crud and will perforate metal foil. Certainly nothing to lose here but 10 minutes of your time.
     
  19. sheriffjohn

    sheriffjohn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There are some tapered pins designed to only go in one way. I discovered this on a Hopkins and Allen underhammer percussion rifle which held the barrel to the receiver. In response to your question, try "Kroil". It is amazing stuff. Rusted bolts/nuts on farm equipment left outside for decades have come loose with Kroil. Not cheap but it works.
     
  20. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Seen and have dealt with those mostly on older side X side shotguns. Many of those old shotguns used tapered pins for the receiver and forearm iron to pivot on when "broken open" for reloading.
    There are tapered reamers also available so one can install a slightly larger tapered pivot pin if/when the original pin were to wear out and cause some wobble.
     
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