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Posted - 11/24/2017 :  06:16:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can anyone please tell me how to REASSEMBLE a Colt .38 acp. 1902?
Looks easy but is not.There must be a certain way to start and finish When I start with the hammer and main spring area,I cannot get the trigger installed without breaking off the prong that holds it to the spring..

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Posted - 11/24/2017 :  2:23:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are specific disassembly instructions, in the NRA Guide to Pistols an revolvers. Mine is a older one from 1993. But they have published expanded editions, in recent years.

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Posted - 11/24/2017 :  4:23:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Said to be essentially the same internally as 1903 pocket pistol. Took my 1903 apart once, had a hell of a time getting it back together, especially the backstrap assy. The Sept. 1956 edition of American Rifleman has detailed instructions, if your local library has it.
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Posted - 11/24/2017 :  4:57:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you want to send me an email address, I can send you a scan of the disassembly instructions, which helpfully say that reassembly is done in the reverse order.

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Posted - 11/24/2017 :  10:46:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There might be a youtube vid on it. I'd look for you but I'm now on limited access to the internet. Dad had a chrome plated one back in the 60's. I think it was the first pistol I learned to take apart. Don't remember squat about it but I was way happier when he went to 1911's.

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Posted - 11/25/2017 :  12:55:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

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Posted - 11/29/2017 :  6:33:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Don't reassemble a pistol with a hammer.
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