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Old August 24, 2004, 06:41 PM   #1
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rossi 38 special firing pin

I have a Rossi 38 special R-35102 with an old style firing pin on hammer, so you have to keep over an empty chamber. I was wondering if this could be converted to the type with the firing pin block. This was my first gun so I don't really want sell it. I don't carry it but, I'd still like it changed.

Also, while looking at it just now I noticed the firing pin is loose. I can hear it shake! Is this in any way normal? I haven't shot this paticular gun in a while, I only had it out for cleaning maintenance.
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Old August 24, 2004, 11:37 PM   #2
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The loose pin is perfectly normal. This is a safety device which allows you to carry the hammer down on a loaded chamber.
According to the Rossi manual:
"The hammer is of the “rebounding” type, in which the firing pin is not
thrust into contact with a chambered cartridge except when the trigger is
pulled. In addition, the hammer-trigger mechanism incorporates an
internal hammer block which interposes a block of steel between the
hammer and firing pin. The hammer block is withdrawn only when the
hammer is cocked, thus preventing an accidental discharge should the
revolver be dropped, uncocked, and sustain a sharp blow on the
hammer.
Therefore, unlike most single-action revolvers, your Rossi revolver is
mechanically safe when carried with the cylinder fully loaded."

You can download the manual from Rossi's catalog page for the R35102:
Rossi R35102

So fill 'er up!
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Old August 25, 2004, 12:56 PM   #3
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It had been a while since I read it but my manual does say the same thing. However, I can't see how it could work. It says the block goes between the hammer and firing pin but they are connected?

In any case, With the gun unloaded & cylinder in place I can push the hammer forward with my thumb and see the firing pin in the same place it lands when dry firing(looking between the back of the cylinder and the frame you can see the pin extended)! So if it were dropped and the hammer hit the floor...!?!

Am I just not understanding this paticular feature or is it malfunctioning/defective?
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Old August 25, 2004, 11:25 PM   #4
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Is that with the trigger held back or no?
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Old August 26, 2004, 08:51 AM   #5
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pulling the trigger and holding it puts the firing pin in the exact same place as simply pushing the hammer in with my thumb
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Old August 27, 2004, 09:40 AM   #6
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I have little practical experience with Rossi's (handled 'em, never fired one), so I wouldn't suppose to conclude anything definitive. however, if they work like Smith's, (which I believe they do) I don't think you have anything to worry about. I would give them a call and talk to a tech. A few years ago I had a question about a Taurus, which makes Rossi's revolvers in Brazil and services them out of their Miami location, and they were very helpful.
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Old August 27, 2004, 07:20 PM   #7
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Thanks for trying. I don't think this gun has a block like it's manual says it does. Hows that for a liberal lawyer's wildest fantasy! But I'll check into further, maybe I can find one around to compare it to. I also suppose it's possible I'm just not seeing it.
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