Revolver Strut


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MI2600
February 8, 2013, 03:17 PM
I have an old Colt New Army revolver with the typical cylinder lock-up problem. I took it to "gunsmith" who had it for nine months and then said parts were too hard to find.

Anyway, the parts needed were a "strut" and "strut spring".

What is a strut and what does it do? If I'm able to find one, is this something I can replace with average or better mechanical skills?

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rcmodel
February 8, 2013, 04:04 PM
It is called the DA sear in a S&W.

See parts #18 & 19 here:
http://www.coltparts.com/pt_1892da.html

Whether you can find, or succesfully fit them is another story.

And I doubt the strut & spring has anything to do with your cylinder lock up problem anyway if the DA works.

Sounds more likely to be a hand, or bolt stop and/or spring to me.

rc

MI2600
February 8, 2013, 05:50 PM
Thanks for the info. You mentioned a bolt stop. I couldn't find that in the schematic. Can you please give me the number of it?

dfariswheel
February 8, 2013, 07:35 PM
It's called the "Cylinder stop", part 31 and it's spring part 32.

is this something I can replace with average or better mechanical skills?

Let me put it this way: In the US there are probably no more then 5 or so pistolsmiths who will even consider working on one of these.
All internal action parts were individually hand fitted. Since they were fitted to a different gun, the used parts are usually too small to be fitted to another gun.

These old New Army & Navy revolvers are notoriously complicated designs and extremely difficult to work on even if usable parts can be found.

Good luck, you'll need it.

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