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Colt.25 Vest Pocket Loading Problem

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by French56, Mar 1, 2013.

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  1. French56

    French56 Member

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    I have a Colt .25 VP (Hammerless, safety grip) that was my grandmothers. The little gun is in great shape but will not load a round into the barrel when the slide is pulled back. I have cleaned it with no change. I replaced the springs (Wolff gunsprings and compared sizes) and still will not chamber a round. Any ideas?
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Does it have a real Colt marked magazine in it??

    There have been a lot of crappy after-market magazines made for them over the years.

    rc
     
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    Does it function when firing (assuming you can get the first round into the chamber)? Are you letting the slide spring forward from its fully rearward position or are you "riding" it forward with your hand?

    FYI the FN 1905/1906 magazines are identical. Not that they're any more available than the colts.
     
  4. French56

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    The magazine is the one that was in it when it came out of my grandma's old purse. I have not manually loaded a shell, so I have not shot the gun. I am not forcing the slide forward.
     
  5. Ron James

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    First, secure another magazine ( you always need as least two magazines anyway :) ). I think that may very well solve your problem, if not, postback. I had one that every so often , in firing it would fail to feed' apparently the slide would go back far enough to cock, but not to pick up a cartridge, the fix, no fix but a compromise. In the past someone had fired corrosive ammo ( only type available at one time ) and put it away un cleaned, both the chamber and the barrel were corroded, no new barrels were available , so I tried nickle plated brass, lo and behold the nickle brass was " slick" enough that it worked and kept on ticking. When I sold it, I made sure the receiving party new he couldn't use cheap cartridges but only the more expensive nickel ones. One of the oddball strange things that happen with old firearms.
     
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    Can you tell if something is interfering with the feeding of the cartridge? On those guns if the lug is broken off the firing pin or the sear is worn, the firing pin won't stay cocked, so it comes forward and interferes with the feeding of the cartridge.

    Jim
     
  7. French56

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    Got a new magazine form Triple K and it loads a shell slicker than a whistle now! Going to go try to shoot it shortly. (good service from Triple K by the way)
     
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    Well, good luck with the Triple-K mag.

    It may work today.

    But tomorrow will be a different story.

    You will probably need to bite the bullet and find a real Colt mag for lasting reliability.

    rc
     
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    However, you can use that Triple-K mag for comparison for possibly repairing the original mag. Compare the differences and apply bends or straightening as needed.
     
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