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Old October 11, 2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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My older style Contender will not ignite primers. All very light indents.

Not headspace as I have tried several different barrels.

Not hammer spring, installed new one.

Any one have a brilliant idea?
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Old October 11, 2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Refresh my memory, does the Contender use a transfer bar? If so, perhaps the problem is there.
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Old October 11, 2013, 01:57 PM   #3
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Broken or worn firing pin?
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Old October 11, 2013, 02:34 PM   #4
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Dirt or crud in the firing pin channel? Have you ever had pierced primers?

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Old October 11, 2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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reloads? if so what primers? CCI primers are a little bit harder than Remington and Federal.
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Old October 11, 2013, 05:21 PM   #6
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If you have the trigger adjustment set very light, the older contenders will tend to drop the transfer bar out of the way from just closing the barrel. If this seems the case, just back off the adjusting screw on the trigger and it should cure the problem. I have seen this problem numerous times but it's just a guess in your case trying to diagnose it from long distance.
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Old October 11, 2013, 07:44 PM   #7
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Is your rimfire/centerfire lever in the right position? If so it sounds like you broke the firing pin.
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Old October 12, 2013, 06:49 PM   #8
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thx

Old Stony may have hit on the problem. I'll give it a try.
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Old October 12, 2013, 07:31 PM   #9
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I learn something new every day. So in keeping in that spirit, would someone care to point out the "transfer-bar". There are two firing pins but have never seen the transfer bar as we normally understand. ....

http://s29.photobucket.com/user/TheR...ender.jpg.html

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Old October 13, 2013, 05:26 PM   #10
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Transfer bar

I'm sorry if I used the wrong term by referring to a transfer bar on a contender, as they don't have one in the traditional sense as we think of one such as on a Ruger revolver. I haven't been into a Contender for many years and I'm just guessing at the problems with this one, so please excuse me if my guess is all wet. If I remember right they actually refer to it as a safety.
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Old October 19, 2013, 09:52 PM   #11
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Does your Contender have the slide bar safety mounted on the hammer? If it is pushed to the right, it will prevent the hammer from striking the firing pin.
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