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My wife's SW 642 broke!

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by W Turner, Dec 27, 2004.

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  1. W Turner

    W Turner Member

    Jun 13, 2003
    Hillsboro, AL
    My wife stole my 642 from me about a year ago and ever since, I will take it out of her purse ( :cuss: :banghead: ) to clean and check it. A little over a week ago, I did this and while I was dry-firing it, the trigger got real balky all of a sudden. I realized that the cylinder would rotate just fine, but I could not get the cylinder to swing out at all. I got another j-frame for her to carry until I could take a look at it.

    Last night, I took the side plate off and slowly worked the trigger. About halfway through the trigger pull, I noticed that there appeared to be a spring between the hammer and the transfer bar. I managed to get that out and when it came out the firing pin fell out as well. It appears that the pin that holds the firing pin in place broke, allowing the firing pin and spring to fall out and bind everything up. The trigger would pull and the cylinder would rotate, but the hammer could not go back far enough to allow the sear to release it.

    I am going to contact S&W today to see about resolving this.

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