Phoenix Arms hp22 question?


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bigdogpete
May 10, 2012, 11:42 PM
Anybody out there have a Phoenix Arms HP22A? I am having a devil of a time sliding the barrel release forward. Anyone else experience this. If so, solutions?

Thanks in advance.

bigdog

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walking arsenal
May 10, 2012, 11:52 PM
I've got one. They are definitely hard to take apart. Be cautious putting it back together too. If you bend the recoil spring you're hosed and will have to buy a new one.

Kiln
May 11, 2012, 01:23 AM
It will be difficult to do the first couple of times but eventually the lever will move more easily. Use an object that won't scratch the surface of the gun and push it forward.

MachIVshooter
May 11, 2012, 01:37 AM
They'll put grooves in your fingernails, for sure-especially on a new gun. And I'll second taking care with the spring during reassembly; They kink easily.

GLOOB
May 11, 2012, 05:53 AM
Tight is good. The barrel fit is what keeps friction on that tab. If the tab is loose, so is the barrel.

Just push the tab forward with the baseplate of a magazine.

BTW, lock the slide back, first. When the slide is locked back, the recoil spring is captive. Then jam the lever forward and remove the barrel. Then hold the magazine over the spring when you release the slide. If you don't do it like this, the spring can pop out and get bent and/or fly across the room, cuz you have to partially retract the slide to get the barrel out and then when the barrel tilts up and out, there's nothing holding the spring down. To reinstall, do the same thing in reverse. Hold a magazine over the spring while locking the slide back. Then lock the barrel back in. (The frame mounted manual safety doubles as a manual slidelock, FYI).

The tab might be hard to get BACK into the locked position. You might be tempted to file down the locking nub on the barrel, a little. But like I said before, tight is good. One way to get it back in is to tap it in with a brass rod while the slide is locked back. You might have to bend the end of the rod a little so that it can reach the tab. It'll eventually loosen over time; no need to rush it. But be warned, if you don't get the tab all the way back, your gun can spontaneously disassemble while shooting. BTDT.

bigdogpete
May 11, 2012, 10:46 PM
Crap, the first time I took it apart. I hunted for the darn spring for an hour. Thanks for the info.

bigdog

Kiln
May 12, 2012, 03:16 AM
Don't get frustrated, it gets easier. I can now field strip mine and put it back together in less than 20 seconds. As with anything practice makes perfect. The ability to change barrels on the fly is a nice feature too.

Good luck with your HP22.

MCgunner
May 12, 2012, 11:26 AM
I've got one. They are definitely hard to take apart. Be cautious putting it back together too. If you bend the recoil spring you're hosed and will have to buy a new one.

I usually have to bend mine around to keep it from puchin' up in the middle. POS spring, anyway, lasts about 500 rounds and gets changed. Good thing they're cheap. PA will send you several free of charge. I keep 'em on hand, KNOW I'll use 'em up. got three. That'd last me a day if I shot the thing as much as I do my Rossi revolver or my Ruger SR22 and Mk 2. I just don't shoot it much. It's about wore out. I've had it 20 years and it's probably got close to 3K rounds through it. I've had to repair it more'n once. :rolleyes:

GLOOB
May 12, 2012, 08:36 PM
I know that's probably an exaggeration, but I wouldn't be able to load 200 rds into a .22 revolver or a HP22A magazine in one day and actually enjoy shooting, let alone 1500. More like 50, tops. The main reason my Ruger gets shot so much more - magazine speedloader!

MCgunner
May 13, 2012, 09:11 PM
I don't have a magazine speedloader, but then, I'm used to shooting 50 a session from black powder cap and ball guns. Hey, I just take my sweet time and have lotsa fun. :D It ain't a speed contest, ya know.

Kiln
May 14, 2012, 05:30 AM
Yeah when I take the Hp22 out I put a couple hundred rounds through it at once and my fingers hurt from loading mags.

larryh1108
May 14, 2012, 07:12 AM
The release will loosen up after a few teardowns. To solve the problem of loading at the range I just have 10 mags loaded when I go. 100 in a row without having to reload the mags. Yes, I spent more on the mags than the gun but it was worth it, to me. Great gun for fun at the range or plinking.

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