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Installing baby browning sear spring

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by ironworks, Dec 7, 2011.

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  1. ironworks

    ironworks Member

    Nov 24, 2011
    Montreal Canada
    I am a newly signed up member and want to share this solution to a problem a lot of Browning Baby 25 owners seem to have. Many of the questions are quite staledated but maybe this message will help someone. Please pass it on through your network since I am better with my hands than with your program. Please send by a message explaining how I can post this type of info without bothering you.

    Having obtained a Baby Browning ( 1959 vintage) all in parts in a box I started to assemble it. Looking at the web for possible hints I discovered the blow-ups of the gun don't show you how the sear spring is really placed.
    Trying all sort of ways to place the spring that looks like a doublended safety pin I finaly found a solution that takes about 5 minutes to assemble.
    Contrary to the diagrams there is only one place for that sear spring, notice that when you insert the safety lever, a small shaft seats into the opposite side of the frame. This shaft is also the pivot (anchoring) point of the sear spring.
    The shaft of the safety lever has at its end a small shaft that fits into the smaller of the two spring loops.
    The spring's position inside the grip has the small loop at the top,it's long arm pointing up and forward and the larger loop is below and it's shorter arm points up.
    This spring has to be under tension in order to fit into it's place.
    First you attach regular sewing thread to the longer arm of the spring with a clovehitch knot. Take the two threads and pull them together towards the lower loop. As you pull these two threads downward, the spring gets tensioned and you simply wedge the two threads into the lower loop. Miraculously, the loop squeezes the thread and holds them like a vice. Tension it no more than a gap of 1/4th inch between the two arms !
    Now you can gently lay the spring into the frame, small loop up, prongs facing forward , introduce the safety lever into it's place from the left side and to pierce the spring's small loop ( you can see it from the right sight of the grip ) and seat it into the hole to fits in.
    Remove the threads with small scissors and tweezers.
    Putting the rest of the gun together is simple.

    Best regards,


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  2. pwberndt

    pwberndt Member

    Dec 2, 2012
    Hi Ironworks,

    I don't see that anyone has thanked you for this little bit of info, so Thank You! Its a year since your post and I just got through putting in a new sear spring and would still be scratching my head over how to get it back in and trapped by the Safety Shaft. The string trick was great.

    Thanks again,
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