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DETH_LIVES
April 20, 2009, 01:59 AM
I pick up a Spanish 38 special and It is shooting fine in single action, but I am getting light primer strikes in double action. The hammer is only coming back halfway...
It's like this one..
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=126694692
any ideas?

PetahW
April 20, 2009, 08:06 AM
It looks like a S&W clone, so I would remove the sideplate to observe the action parts during cycling to see what's amiss.

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James K
April 20, 2009, 01:48 PM
Most of those Spanish guns are copies of the S&W externally, but use Colt-type lockwork, so the normal "rules" for working on S&Ws don't apply. Neither Colt nor S&W parts will work and nor can they be made to work.

Deth_lives, if you want to keep shooting that gun, please use only light .38 Special loads. No +P or +P+ or the hot 125 grain bullet loadings. Some of those guns had the maker's marking and are of reasonable quality. But the majority had no manufacturer's name, and were made from cheap cast iron. I have seen several of them blow up, shattering the cylinder. One broke in half and another blew up when firing blanks.

The asking price on the one on gunbroker is absurd; you can buy an S&W Model 10 police turn-in for that "buy now" price or only a little more.

Jim

DETH_LIVES
April 20, 2009, 03:50 PM
I just bought the piece for a fun gun...to work on and Duracoat.. got it for $120..and not going to put any money in it..But was looking for an easy fix....

DETH_LIVES
April 24, 2009, 02:58 AM
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