Help with an original Starr DA revolver


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Canross
May 7, 2012, 10:36 PM
Hi guys,
I've ended up with an antique Starr DA revolver that has been converted to 44 colt. It's quite a nice gun with one exception - it jams in single action.

My issue is that when I use the hammer to cock the gun, the trigger remains engaged in the cylinder stop on the side of the cylinder. Since the gun has been worked on I'm assuming someone filed, cut or removed a part, yet the gun seems complete and all the work is so old that there's no way to discern between the worked sections and original sections.

So, my question to you knowledgeable folks is: How does the DA starr (original) unlock the trigger/cylinder stop when cocked by using the hammer in single action?

If possible would someone mind photographing and posting the images of both the trigger and hammer assembly of their DA starrs? I suspect that my trigger was filed or cut in some way, but without some reference I'm really guessing in the dark.



EDIT - Seems I was thinking of the wrong mechanism. It's been several years since I last handled one and got a tad confused. Thanks to Jim K for putting me back on the right path!

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Jim K
May 7, 2012, 11:45 PM
First, the Starr doesn't work that way. The hammer spur is intended ONLY to allow the hammer to be lowered, not cocked. To cock the gun for single action, move the selector on the back of the trigger DOWN, and puill the trigger. The hammer will come back and remain cocked. Release the trigger and insert the trigger finger into the space between the trigger and the rear of the trigger guard. When ready to fire, press the sear in the back of the trigger guard.

To fire "double action", move the selector up, so the trigger will contact and press the sear.

Technically, the Starr is not a "double action" or "single action". It is what is known as a "trigger cocker" meaning that it is cocked by pulling the trigger, then fired by a separate motion.

HTH

JIm

Canross
May 8, 2012, 12:36 AM
Hmm - I could've sworn that the gun was capable of firing by cocking the hammer then pulling the trigger SA style. Although, now that I think about it, I remember having to relearn some stuff on the DA. Sorry for the confusion guys, my fault :p:o

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