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Old April 13, 2019, 06:55 PM   #1
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Ruger SA: How to Remove Jammed Gate Detent Spring

I wasn't looking while torquing down the Brownells Ruger Single Action Gate Detent Spring Clamp and accidently deformed and jammed the spring. See attached picture.

In this situation, what is the gunsmith-approved spring removal method?
  • Does not look like a punch can depress the spring-end, the spring is deformed jamming the spring-end between the frame and the trigger pin.
  • Could cut the spring, but what to use? I don't think a dremel is the best tool, on the other hand a precision very strong metal snipper might work if it fits into the frame.
  • Yanking out the spring with needle nose pliers looks like it would cause the non-jammed spring-end in the cylinder window to mar the external finish.
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Old April 13, 2019, 11:47 PM   #2
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Old April 14, 2019, 01:42 AM   #3
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Have you tried removing the grip frame and pushing the trigger and cylinder stop pins out? That's what holds the spring in. I see this at least once a year.
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Old April 14, 2019, 08:06 PM   #4
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I added a picture to the original post.
Spring is bent & jammed holding the trigger pin in place.
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Old April 14, 2019, 11:26 PM   #5
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The pin has a notch in it that the spring fits into. You have to push the spring down while pushing the pin. See if you can fit a punch onto the spring to push it down while pushing on the pin. And if this sounds like you need a 3rd hand, that would help.
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Old April 15, 2019, 09:41 AM   #6
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Yep. Find a way to depress the end of the spring, in order to remove the pin.
Anything else is just going to damage the frame.
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