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Need flat spring for old revolver made!

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by broncman, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. broncman

    broncman E. of Portland yet to close! Quality Control!

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    I need a Smith or someone who can make me a new flat spring for an old revolver.
    So if you can recommend a good smith or anything please feel free.
     
  2. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    No smith recommendation, but here is "anything"
    I've made a few with reasonable success from Starrett Steel feeler gauges, Brownells Spring steel assortment packs and even a broken spring from some sort of farm implement but am not a gunsmith. And do not tout any sort of expertise, just a roll up my sleeve and hope for the best, sort. Annealing and shaping is easy but tempering and drawback admittedly can be frustrating with crude equipment. I would stay away from multi function springs for sure.
    I personally would recommend you exhausting a few gun part options first.
    Here are some I have found useful:
    Jack First in Rapid City South Dakota
    Numrich
    Brownells
    Bob's Gun Shop
    Wolff Gun Springs
    If that doesn't find what you want and others offer no smith source with spring making experience.
    Do some online DOY searches on simple spring making. flat or leaf springs really are not rocket science, break out the briquette barbeque, hairdryer to fan the coals, hacksaw, files and emery cloth and give it a try. You may be surprised what you can do with a little grit and determination.
     
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  3. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    What do you need made? Post a pic of the revolver! I make springs all the time!
     
  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Velsey, he needs the #5 on the schematic.
    It's a center pin catch spring.


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  5. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    I've had luck using the spring steel bristles from a street sweeper brush - amazing how often you find those bristles lying in the gutter in many larger cities. - they also are great stock for lock picks lol
     
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  6. BWH

    BWH Tualatin, Oregon Active Member

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    Broken recoil starter springs from chainsaws and small engines as well.
    most motor shops and lawn/garden repair shops are good sources as well as landscape companies.
    You can get lots of how to on google and u tube.
    Street sweeper bristles was my first thought also!
     
  7. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've worked on a few High Standard pistols and they have a similar spring.
    Take a look at part # 36 for a model Sport King M-103 shown for sale at Numrich.
    Might be worth a try.

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  8. broncman

    broncman E. of Portland yet to close! Quality Control!

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    Yes number 5 on the revolver and jbett98 that number 36 may work I think I will order one to see thanks. I guess I could wait for the next time the sweeper comes thru my neighbor hood and then go look for a bristle or two.
     
  9. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Numrich offers free shipping if you use the code of the day offered when you call their 1-800 # in the morning.
    I have a Sports King pistol and you can take a look at the little V spring to see if it would work on your project.
     
  10. broncman

    broncman E. of Portland yet to close! Quality Control!

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    Thanks everyone for your ideas on material and substitutions for the spring. Just so happens I was in my junk drawer and pulled out a small binder clip. Then it hit me that it was the correct shape, I cut off a slice, honed it to thickness with my sharpening hones, then fit it to the center rod latch and voila it works perfect.
    Thanks again everyone!!!!
     
  11. broncman

    broncman E. of Portland yet to close! Quality Control!

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