trying to remove Taurus 94 sideplate


October 1, 2011, 06:21 PM
I'm all ready to perform a Flitz trigger job and I can't remove the screw under the cylinder. I've tried every flathead tip I have (which is many) and no go. The groove seems too shallow to get any leverage. I have managed to scuff the screw and the area around it ... not good because it's blue :(

Any suggestions??


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October 1, 2011, 06:32 PM
Yes, but you don't want to hear them...


October 1, 2011, 06:32 PM
Tap on the head of the screwdriver fast many times while turning out the screw. The Vibration will loosen it. Takes 3 hands.:D

October 2, 2011, 11:55 AM
bdl, we assume you have screwdrivers meant for guns and not general purpose flatheads like Craftsman?

October 2, 2011, 01:27 PM
Gunsmith hollow-ground screwdrivers only, not something you found in the junk drawer!

Then take the bit that fits the slot perfectly, hold it in the screw, and whack it several times with a small hammer.
Then put it in the handle and try to move the screw.

If it still won't budge?

Chuck the same screwdriver bit in a drill press, and use the quill to hold downward pressure on the bit while you turn the drill chuck to loosen the screw.

The bit cannot slip out, and the screw will come out I betcha!


October 2, 2011, 08:42 PM
I am not sure that you have to remove that screw to remove the side plate. It has a larger head but a much smaller screw. It screws into a round spring loaded nut that applies pressure in the trigger group. On mine the other two came out easy and there is tip on the side plate that fits under on the bottom.

October 5, 2011, 01:40 PM
Actually no, these are not bits specifically for gunsmithing. Sounds like my 25-cent trigger job is gonna be a bit more expensive LOL

Thanks for the help :)

October 7, 2011, 07:34 AM
You have been given good tips on the removal of your side plate screw. But, your posts sound like you may have buggered the original screw up pretty good. May I suggest that you obtain a replacement screw before you do anything else? Call Taurus, or check with MidwayUSA, or Brownells. Also, a set of proper screw drivers. The screw drivers can be ordered from MidwayUSA, or Brownells. Some of the larger sporting good chains have them. Good luck with your 94.

October 8, 2011, 10:59 AM
I did buy a set of Wheeler tips but you are right. I think the screw is already too far gone. I took the gun back to where I bought it and the gunsmith there couldn't get it either! I will take your advice and get a replacement screw for when/if I get the original removed LOL

Thanks again guys :)


October 8, 2011, 08:04 PM
I checked in my book and the screw under the cylinder is the yoke retaining screw. If you order that screw you get the spring and the retainer with it. The tab that I was talking about is on the top not the bottom. It is behind the cylinder, by the hammer. If you take the back two screws out the plate should lift off, bottom first.

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