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Old December 30, 2011, 02:53 PM   #1
bellv
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replacing a magazine catch

I have a FI model D .380. The magazine seems to go in and lock but when I fire it the magazine drops out of lock. Also If i pull on it I can remove it. This happens with both the original and a new clip. I found the part on Numrich. But I cannot remove the small screw that holds it all together. Is there a trick to this? Is it as simple as replacing the magazine catch or will there be more to it than I am thinking? Should I just take it to a gin smith? Thans for any comments.

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Old December 30, 2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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A quick search suggest that that mag release may be like the 1911's and that is not a screw. With a well fitted, preferably hollow ground, screw driver, press in and turn about ninety degrees. A spring should pop the retainer free, allowing the whole catch to be removed.
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Old December 30, 2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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I think maybe the tiny spring inside the mag catch has broken. Does the button come back out when you push it in?
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Old December 30, 2011, 07:34 PM   #4
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chuck thanks but the head won't move. sprayed some WD40 on it it may loosen up.
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Old December 31, 2011, 12:23 AM   #5
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Push the magazine release in while turning the screw.
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Old December 31, 2011, 10:17 AM   #6
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Bill Pushing in the magazine release worked. Thanks to all for your help.

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