1907 Savage re-assembly - Help!


November 22, 2006, 11:25 AM
I have a late model (mfg 1919) Savage 1907 model in .32 ACP. I purchased it through GunsAmerica. The seller sent it disassembled. (?) I have reassembly instructions and exploded parts view for the 1917 Model from this site: (The 1917 parts diagram has the part that's giving me problems, the only diagram I can find of the 1907 is the early model with the burr hammer and wide slide serrations and no trigger lock.


However, I cannot figure out the correct placement of the trigger lock (part #1-G-39 on the website). Placement is not intuitive. I cannot match wear patterns on the trigger lock with the corresponding groove in the breach block. From the parts diagram, the pointed end of the trigger lock goes toward the muzzle end, and there is a protrusion on the breech block that could mate with the slight right angle bend in the hammer end of the trigger lock. However, when the trigger lock is in this position, the muzzle end protrudes into the frame and would appear to block the assembly of the barrel, spring, and slide onto the frame.

To confuse me further, the trigger and sear assembly act on the opposite side of the frame/breech block from where the “trigger lock” groove appears to be. The instructions say the trigger lock goes on the left side of the frame/breach block, although it is unclear to me if that mean looking down on the unit when it’s upside down for assembly, or when if left means when the gun is in firing position.

If anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it. A picture of the trigger lock in the correct position would be invaluable, as would an elaboration of the procudure for mating the spring/barrel/ slide with the frame. ANY advice or comments would be welcome.

Beginning collector of early 20th Century pocket pistols.

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Cocked & Locked
November 22, 2006, 11:33 AM
Look within this link...dissasembly instructions there, maybe you can go in reverse.


Was the seller PO'd at you? Must be one of those dummies that thinks a handgun must be taken down before shipping/mailing.

Good Luck!

November 22, 2006, 11:52 AM

Thanks! I'd actually been to that website, but missed the 'detailed" re-assembly instructions. The pictures are a little blurry, but at least I'll be working on the correct side of the pistol, and with the trigger/sear units instead of trying to stick in what appeared to be the corresponding groove on the other side of the frame. And "left" does mean when the frame is inverted. I didn't find out until today the name of part, which was a clue I was working on the wrong side of the gun.

No, I don't think he did the disassembly with malicious intent. I had a lengthy friendly exchange with the seller, gave him his asking price. He was planning to pay an FFL $25 to ship the gun. I said it was legal for him as a private citizen to ship directly to my FFL. So, yeah, he may have received bad advice from Fed Ex.

Thanks again for pointing out what I'd missed on the website. I did e-mail the webmaster there with the same question. I'll work on the gun again tonight and let you know if I get it right.

Proud owner of two Colt 1903's and a Colt 1908.
Looking for a Remington 51
Carrying a Kahr P9 and KelTec 3AT

Cocked & Locked
November 22, 2006, 04:18 PM
Sounds good...let me know how it turns out for you and perhaps I'll take mine down to the bone someday! :uhoh:


November 22, 2006, 04:48 PM

Nice 1907. Mine is the post war version with the spur hammer and multiple slide serrations like the 1917 Model.

Thanks for the offer, but I have a rule not to mess with other people's guns or wives. I have enough problems with my own.

I'm not a gunsmith. I don't even play one on TV.

November 24, 2006, 09:16 AM
Amazing what an instruction manual will do for the mechanically inept. The Savage is up and running. Thanks, C&L

Cocked & Locked
November 24, 2006, 10:52 AM
COOL! ;) If you ever decide to feel like "Retro Man" and carry it for defensive back-up, mine feeds and shoots Winchester Silver Tip JHP's just as well as it does FMJ's.

November 24, 2006, 01:26 PM
Would anyone know where to get
decent magazines?

November 24, 2006, 04:34 PM

Says it's a nine-round (?) .32 mag.

Buy it now for $30.95. Five hours left in the auction.

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