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REELFOOT REGULATOR:
Got a couple of pocket pistols that shear lead, i guess they need some timing work done. Anyone know a smith that can work on these guns?
                                                                   Thanks Reelfoot Regulator

Hemlock Mike:
Realfoot --

Typically, these guns are of such low value and quality that most gunsmiths won't even touch them.  Timing problem is usually a worn hand or worn out extractor part of the cylinder. 
You can find some new parts needing fitting from Gun Parts Corp but getting one back together is a trick. 

How heavy a load are you shooting ??  Many shear lead even when in good condition.

Mike

St. George:
I'd written a post on selecting "real" pocket pistols awhile back.

It describes what to be looking for and what will be the better shooter.

One of the very first and best things that you can do to one is to clean it thoroughly and then see how it indexes.
In many cases - the build-up of grit, oil and powder fouling is profound and a good cleaning will work wonders with timing, extraction and ignition.

Spare parts for these little guns are inside the guns of other people, so replacement parts can be a problem, though Gunpartsco and Dixie have some odd things - as do other suppliers.

If you're going to get involved in doing your own repair - remember that slave pins are going to become your friend, and proceed slowly.

Good Luck.

Scouts Out!

Sergeant Smokepole:

--- Quote from: Hemlock Mike on November 04, 2004, 04:49:32 PM ---Realfoot --

Typically, these guns are of such low value and quality that most gunsmiths won't even touch them.  Timing problem is usually a worn hand or worn out extractor part of the cylinder. 
You can find some new parts needing fitting from Gun Parts Corp but getting one back together is a trick. 

How heavy a load are you shooting ??  Many shear lead even when in good condition.

Mike

--- End quote ---

Mike,
This might be true with the Iver Johnson or H&R, along with various store brands, but a Smith and Wesson manufactured revolver carries a fair amount of value.

Hemlock Mike:
SS --

You're right there but I usually can't afford a good S&W !!!! I've fixed a few of the old IJ's and HA's but it's a labor of love and really not worth the $ to pay a smith.   

OH, for a good old S&W .......

Mike

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