View Full Version : A little help please...

March 8, 2011, 01:14 PM
A friend of mine has a pre war Colt Woodsman in 22cal and he is having some problems. He recently took it out to the range and it fired well until he let it rest a few minutes while using his other gun. When he picked it back up and switched off the safety the pistol went off! It then cycled another round, fired again, then jammed! This whole time my friend never touched the trigger! Does anyone have an idea as to what could have caused this or know anything that would fix this problem? Any advise would be helpful.

James K
March 8, 2011, 05:59 PM
It sounds like there is not enough sear engagement or the sear spring is too light. But there could be other problems, and I strongly recommend taking the gun to a gunsmith for a check up. That gun is defintely unsafe; do not load it again until it is repaired.


March 9, 2011, 12:36 PM
If the gun has never had the trigger modified, it may be as simple as old fouling build-up inside the gun that needs to be cleaned out. But as Jim suggests, you want a competent gunsmith to make that determination. He'll take it completely apart and detail clean it to check the engagement and the tension of the springs. If the old springs have taken a set, new ones may be needed.

March 10, 2011, 12:53 PM
Thanks guys, Iwill let him know what you have recommended and he can go from there!

March 10, 2011, 02:22 PM
I worked on some of those pistols and it's scarey when it happens !! :eek:
It need s very careful trigger/sear work by someone who really knows how to do it ! Until then don't use it.