View Full Version : help with High Standard Sentinel problem...

June 30, 2009, 04:05 AM
Tinkering with revolvers isn't a talent of mine, so I thought I'd throw this out there...
I have an old .22 High Standard Sentinel and it recently developed a problem.
When shooting, after a couple of shots, the cylinder will bind ( it appears to bind on the backs of the fired cases). Once this happens, I have a hell of a time rotating the cylinder in either double or single action.
Anyone have any experience on cause or solution for this?
This is a fairly worn pistol (but not abused) and it was one of my dad's favorites, so I'd like to try to salvage it.

Thanks all...

June 30, 2009, 07:48 AM
i have one too, very nice gun. i don't know how to solve your problem except maybe hose it down with some clp and see if that helps. mine has a 22 and 22 mag cylinder. i would make sure that your cylinder is in correctly as that could cause it to bind. other than that have a gunsmith take a look. nice gun worth saving if you can. good luck.

Jim Watson
June 30, 2009, 08:06 AM
Using a well chewed dry toothbrush, clean out from under the extractor.
Fouling and unburnt powder under the "star" will tie up any DA revolver.

James K
June 30, 2009, 09:17 PM
That revolver has an alloy frame and does NOT have a steel recoil shield insert. After many rounds, the recoiling case drives a depression into the recoil shield. That might not be the case here, but when that happens, what you describe is the result. The fix? If some friendly gunsmith can or will cut or drill into that area and install a piece of hardened steel, the trouble will be fixed. The problem is that the fix would cost a lot more than the gun is worth. I suggest you retire the old boy and buy a new gun.


July 6, 2009, 04:48 PM
That would explain it. I never realized the gun had an alloy frame. The impressions on the recoil sheild don't look too bad, but the gap between the rear of the cylinder and the recoil shield is very tight to begin with.
Yeah, the fix seems pretty expensive, so since it was dad's favorite pistol, I think I'll just put it on the wall.