help with disassembling a s&w 5943 needed


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c5matt
July 16, 2008, 09:15 PM
anyone out there familiar with a model 5943 smith and wesson? i'm a glock guy with a newly aquired s&w and looking to break her down, clean her and go have some fun at the range. any help is appreciated.

thanks!!

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Rmart30
July 16, 2008, 10:10 PM
Pretty simple on that one..... you will need a flat screwdriver, or something with a lip on it to pull lever out. a cloth to put in between removal device and gun finish. ......remove magazine.... rack slide to empty chamber, lock slide back and ck to make sure chamber is empty. Return slide to closed postion.
Take slide and move rearward untill the hold open slot is over the take down levers pivot. Hold slide in that positon and take screwdriver , slide in notch on top of pivot and lightly pry outwards...... it will jump slighty then you can remove it the rest of the way by hand..... take slide and slide it off the front of the gun.
Turn slide over, the spring assembly is easily remove by compressing it slightly towards thefront of the slide. the barrel then can be removed.
After you have done this once it only takes about 30 seconds to have it apart and on the table....:)

The Lone Haranguer
July 16, 2008, 10:19 PM
I can tell you how to field strip it for cleaning. :)

Retract the slide until the front rounded part of the slide stop lever lines up with the slide stop notch in the slide. While holding it in this position (I like to grasp the top of the slide and the bottom front of the frame in a pinching or clamping motion), push the slide stop out of the frame from right to left. Sometimes you have to "persuade" it a little to start it moving; I use the butt end of a screwdriver handle to give it a little rap. Ease the slide forward off the frame; the barrel, recoil spring and guide stay with the slide. Take care to note the half-moon-shaped notch in the barrel where the recoil spring guide rod fits, then remove the spring and rod, followed by the barrel, which lifts up and back out the bottom of the slide.

When reassembling, there are three levers that must be pushed down to let the slide go back on. The large one sticking up on the left side is the ejector, which also activates the magazine safety. If you leave it up while putting the slide on, the back of the slide can get dinged. There are two more (smaller) ones on the right side, for the firing pin block. Again, line up the slide stop notch with the hole in the frame, then push the slide stop back in until it snaps into place.

c5matt
July 16, 2008, 11:12 PM
thanks gents,
as usual the answers are swift and accurate 'round here.....worked like a charm....cant wait to take her to the range, seems like a nice little firearm with which to punch paper. thanks again ya'll for the time and expertise!!!!
matt

Storm
July 17, 2008, 10:07 AM
All good advice. As Haranguer said I wouldn't pry the stop out from the left but would push it out from the right pushing on the it from right to left and then pull it out on the left. Sometimes wiggling it just a little helps to free it up. Don't swing it on its pivot until well free of the frame or you will marr the finish.

Nice to hear of someone else with a 5943, they aren't all that common. Is yours the SSV (short slide variation) like mine? There are very few of them. Being two-toned with a silver frame and black slide it's one of the prettiest Smiths that I have.

Z_Infidel
July 17, 2008, 11:32 AM
I just purchased a nice 5943 for a good price, and look forward to getting it to the range!

rcmodel
July 17, 2008, 12:00 PM
Push it out, don't pry it out!

rcmodel

c5matt
July 17, 2008, 05:14 PM
storm....no, mine is not the short slide version or two tone...thats a good looking smith ya got. mine is simpler looking with a little longer slide. to all....thanks for all of the good help, i was able to break it down and after some choice words, even get it back together. wish the lever pin went in as easily as it came out, but i guess i'll get the hang of it. i think i could do my glock blindfolded. thanks and happy shooting!!! matt

Storm
July 17, 2008, 05:19 PM
Short slide or long slide, it's a great gun. Last night I slipped on some new factory full backstrap grips and I couldn't be happier with it.

noeyedeer
July 18, 2008, 01:08 AM
I haven't tried this yet, but somewhere I read that on assembly, if you hold down the mag release, the levers are easier to push down.

Storm
July 18, 2008, 09:40 AM
I haven't tried this yet, but somewhere I read that on assembly, if you hold down the mag release, the levers are easier to push down.

I'm trying to imagine doing that, but I'm having a hard time imagining growing that third hand I'll need to do it :)

Confederate
July 18, 2008, 12:41 PM
I love all my Smith autos, though I prefer steel frames. In a holster I don't really notice the weight that much, but I do like the Smith designs of the 2nd/3rd generation. I think they're vastly underrated.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW5906645.jpg

The S&W 645 (top) and the 5906. Both excellent
pistols.

Storm
July 18, 2008, 03:26 PM
I think they're vastly underrated.

N' how! I just got back form the range shooting a CS9, 4586, and a 3913 (and an incredibly sweet SW1911). These guns shot as well as I could hope for. The 3913 is an a truly great gun. The DAO are harder to shoot, as will be my 5943 (still unshot by me) when it makes the next trip to the range. The 4586 (DAO) is also going to take some work, but lightening the hammer spring will really help. I may do the same with the 5943. Time to give Wolff's some business.

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