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S&W Firing Pin Question:

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Got_Lead?, Aug 28, 2011.

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  1. Got_Lead?

    Got_Lead? Member

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    I was in the gun shop this weekend, and noticed that the firing pins on several used S&W's did not have springs and were loose. Was this factory? Or have they been replaced?
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Hammer mounted FP?
    Normal.

    Some have a spring, and some don't.
    Depends on age & model.

    All newer guns with the frame mounted FP should have a retractor spring.

    rc
     
  3. Jim K

    Jim K Member

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    S&W used firing pin (hammer nose) springs on some of their revolvers to push the hammer nose downward, but there seems no rhyme or reason. The first M&P didn't have a spring, but some later guns did. They seem to have dropped it across the board for a good while, but around 1988 they went back to a spring on their stainless steel guns.

    Jim
     
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    For the hammer mounted firing pin movement is normal and necessary. The hammer moves in an arc and the hammer nose bushing is stationary.
     
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