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Colt 1851, 1860, 1861 wire trigger/bolt springs

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by mykeal, Jun 14, 2007.

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  1. mykeal

    mykeal Member

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    I've seen postings on this and other forums regarding the use of wire springs for the trigger/bolt in 1851, 1860 & 1861 Colts. I recall that Brownell's was the source, but I've struck out finding them using their search engine. Does anyone have a Brownell's catalog number for them?
     
  2. ArmedBear

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    Wolff Springs is one good and popular source.

    http://www.gunsprings.com/

    I put a wire spring in my Uberti SAA.

    That said, I think changing out the mainspring does more to improve the quality of the trigger pull. The wire spring further reduced the weight of the pull, but also made the cylinder lockup a tad looser. It still shoots fine, though.
     
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    back in the 70s and 80s a lot of gunfighter reinactors were making these springs out of piano wire. Main reason was that the metal/heat treatment of the replica springs was not good and they broke all the time. Wolff and Heinie started marketing them.
    Current springs are better than the old ones but the wire springs are still potentially more durable. I put on in my USFA prewar and it put the trigger pull right where I wanted it.
     
  4. K.A.T.

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    Brownells #

    Brownells trigger/bolt spring # is 394-630-000.It is made by Heinie sold by Brownells.You will have to straighten the wire a little to reach the notch on the trigger,but it works great.$6.90
     
  5. mykeal

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    Thanks, guys, that's what I was looking for. I've ordered both the Brownell's Heinie spring and the Wolff spring for the Colt SAA. We'll see how they work.
     
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