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June 11, 2008, 12:56 AM
I have a S&W 19-3 with problems. In single action mode, the hammer can be pushed off the sear. In double action, the trigger does not always reset. Does this mean I need a new hammer and trigger? If so, where would I be able to find replacement parts? :confused::(

June 11, 2008, 01:51 AM
I'd suggest taking it to a qualified gunsmith.

Regarding parts, Smith and Wesson would be the best bet.

June 11, 2008, 06:33 PM
Both these problems are very indicative of an improperly done "trigger job".
Since there's no practical way for you to know just what was done, you'd be best seeing a real pistolsmith or returning the gun to S&W.

WARNING: Simply replacing the hammer and trigger is NO guarantee that will fix the problems.
Often the "do-er" has also altered springs, and may have altered other internal parts.
It's not unusual for these amateur "gunsmiths" to grind or attempt to polish internal parts, which invariably breaks through the hard coating that prevents the part from wearing, ruining them.

Point is, you need an expert to look it over and determine just what's been damaged and to replace those parts with parts that are compatible with that specific version of S&W.
S&W parts DID change over the years, especially during the last 30 or so, so any parts you may buy might well be the wrong parts for that version.

June 12, 2008, 07:46 AM
you'd be best seeing a real pistolsmith or returning the gun to S&W.

Thats what I was afraid of. (gunsmith+me=me-$) :(

How does one find parts for a 39 year old firearm?

June 12, 2008, 09:05 AM
It really sounds to me that someone reduced the trigger sear surfaces and changed the angles.

If you take your sideplate off, remove the mainspring, you can see the inner workings of your revolver. You can also see the inter relationship between the trigger and hammer parts.

But outside of gaining a deeper understanding of how the thing works, there is not much you can do if someone ground too much steel off off the sear surfaces.

I highly suspect that you will need a new trigger, possibly a new hammer.

June 13, 2008, 08:06 AM
Contact S&W warranty service.