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Astra Constable II .380

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by 58limited, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. 58limited

    58limited Well-Known Member

    Tonight I took my Astra Constable II out of my car to clean. I followed the instructions in the owner's manual for disassembly. Now, the manual warns one not to let the hammer fall when the pistol is disassembled. Naturally, while I was cleaning it my finger slipped, hit the trigger, and caused the hammer to fall. I looked at everything and recocked the hammer. I didn't see any damage. BUT, when I went to reassemble the pistol, I had a bit of trouble getting the slide back on. Again, I looked at everything and couldn't see any obvious problems. It finally went after a few tries.

    I dry fired it a couple of times - the double action is now functioning only randomly: the hammer moves slightly but does not cock back and fall except occasionally when the trigger is pulled. Single action functions fine.

    The slide has hung up either in the closed position or in the open position several times when I move the slide back and forth, irregardless of whether I disengage the slide release. When the slide hangs in the closed position, I would just keep trying to work it and it would finally release.

    Now, it is hung in the open position. On a whim, I removed the slide release assembly and reassembled the pistol without it - the slide still is hung in the open position. Now, I think something with the trigger group may be damaged because of my accidentally letting the hammer fall when the slide was off.

    Anyone else experience this problem? Any other ideas of what is causing it and how to fix it?
  2. BBBBill

    BBBBill Well-Known Member

    Look at where the hammer hit the frame. It probably kicked up a burr that's dragging on the slide.
  3. 58limited

    58limited Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the reply. There is no burr. Looking at the exploded view diagram, it looks like the "disconnector" may be the culprit. I'm dropping it off at a gunsmith today.
  4. 58limited

    58limited Well-Known Member

    I picked up the pistol from the gunsmith this week. The gun shop was busy so I didn't have a chance to talk with the gunsmith. The comment written on the service ticket was "Adjusted sear spring."

    The pistol seems to be working fine now. The gunsmith test-fired it and I dry fired it a few times to make sure the double action was working.

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