Spanish "Ruby" .32 help, please


December 15, 2008, 10:32 PM
A friend brought over a pistol... in pieces... and asked if I might be able to put it back together. Looking at it I believe it is a Spanish "Ruby" .32 ACP. I need complete take-down and reassemble instructions. Pictures would be a great help. I have some "armoring" experience and I'm reasonably mechanically inclined. I just want to know what I'm getting into here and would appreciate some help.


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December 16, 2008, 01:14 AM
If you're on the west side of Cleveland, I believe that the Borders in Crocker Park has a large disassembly/assembly guide for semi-auto pistols.

December 16, 2008, 08:34 PM
I'm much closer to Mentor. There's a Borders there. I was hoping someone might have the info online to save me the cost of a book.

Blue .45
December 16, 2008, 09:34 PM
I can't find a whole lot of information about these pistols, except that they are a copy of the Browning 1903. However, I found this gun forum for spanish pistols, which might provide you with the information you need.

Then there is this, from Star Firearms. There are basic instructions for the take down procedures on this page.

December 16, 2008, 09:46 PM
How far taken down is it?
I owned one many years ago, most accurate .32 I ever used!

December 16, 2008, 10:41 PM
How many pieces are we talking about?
If the pistol is just field stripped, it assembles the same as a Model 1903 Browning.
If it is taken all the way down to bare frame, you may need the services of a gunsmith as some critical parts may be missing.

December 18, 2008, 02:43 PM

I'll give those forums a shot. Thanks.

The gun is completely torn down into its individual parts... pins and all. I spent an hour with it the other night and have most of it figured out. I'm not exactly sure how to orient the mainspring rod/plunger (as it attaches to the hammer... short side up or down) and the orientation of the trigger bar to the sear. If someone could pull the slide and the grips off of theirs and snap a few pics?


December 19, 2008, 12:02 AM
Mainspring plunger, short end up, long dogleg angles back.
Hope these pictures help with the rest of it.

December 22, 2008, 02:13 PM
Maybe I don't have a Ruby after all. It is chambered for .32 ACP and is single-action. The magazine is a single-stack and the bottom of the frame has ahalf-loop lanyard attachment. The frame has no stampings other than the serial number, but it has been refinished so any markings might have been buffed off. The slide has an external extractor and says,


Here's a few pics including a pic of the sear next to the gun.

Thanks again

December 23, 2008, 01:57 PM
Spanish Handguns: The History of Spanish Pistols & Revolvers by Gene, Jr. Gangarosa (Paperback - Mar 1, 2001)

Thgis is currently available via Amazon, for $14.00 , plus shipping. It details the stripping of the Ruby, and it's varialnts, plus many other obscure Spanish pistols.:)

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