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February 23, 2008, 03:01 AM
I was in Hog Heaven yesterday disassembling my GHD Victory S&W.
That was until i removed the cylinder pawl. When i heard the spring go, it was a Ooh-OOHoo.
I did the lighter fluid and compressed air thing to clean it the rest of the way.
Sure would of liked to break it down further, but it took a while to reload the pawl as it was.
I think this was the 1st cleaning for this old gun.
Just curious, are there specialty tool for this kind of work?
I just couldn't justify pulling the trigger mechanism.
I was so impressed with the beauty of the workmanship, I would like to go in again someday.

February 23, 2008, 07:32 PM
There aren't too many S&W specific tools but here they are:

Number ONE: The book "The S&W Double Action Revolvers: A Shop Manual" by Jerry Kuhnhausen.
This is THE S&W gunsmithing book, and was written as a training aid for new gunsmiths.
It has EVERYTHING you could possible want to know about the mechanics of the S&W, including 100% disassembly, inspection of individual parts, fitting new parts, etc.

Looks like Brownell's is out of stock on it, so check Midway:

2. You "can" buy a S&W rebound spring tool, but many just just a small Phillips screwdriver:

3. S&W specific screwdriver set:

There used to be a special clamp used to remove ejector rods, but it's no longer in production.
For now, use a padded vise to hold the rod, and three EMPTY cases to support the ejector.
Full details on this are in the book.

February 23, 2008, 08:25 PM
Thanks D,
I will look for the book.
I spent my career working on hydraulic equipment. These big clumbsy finger's were out of place in that revolver. :o

James K
February 23, 2008, 09:48 PM
I am not going to disassemble a gun to check, but I think the Victory Model still had the old type hand spring, a coil spring in a vertical hole in the trigger, and a machined lever that operates the hand. When the hand is just pulled out, the lever tilts and the coil spring can take off. They are a something of a nuisance to put back in but not as bad as the new ones with the MIM trigger.

Most of the newer books on S&Ws don't even mention that hand spring system or the two old style hammer blocks.