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    Question colt 1849 pocket revolver

    I just purchased one at auction, and found that the cylinder does not turn when I cock the hammer. What part or parts cause the cylinder to turn and I can I replace the part myself.
    So found out that the spring broke off the hand, have a new spring, but my eyes don't see so well as to try and attach it to the hand, does anyone have a hand and spring unit for sale, I live in Canada, and none of the American companies that make the unit are willing to mail it to me here.
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    The hand is not functioning, which could be just the spring. A new hand would require fitting to get the timing right- not really a job for a novice.

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    Here's a schematic of a Colt black Powder revolver, in this case an 1851 Navy, which is very similar to the 1849.

    https://www.gunpartscorp.com/gun-man...vers/1851-navy

    The hand that rotates the cylinder is part number 10.
    The flat spring is crimped to the hand.
    When the hammer is cocked the hand pushes the cylinder to the next chamber.

    If the spring is bent or broken the hand will not advance the cylinder.
    If the hand or the hand's pin that fits into the hole on the hammer itself is broken, it also won't work.
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    You should have checked before completing the purchase.

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    How confident are you in your own mechanical abilities? If you think you might be able to make a diagnosis and implement a repair, then go for it.

    Here is one which I bought which had a problem as dfariswheel partially described above. The pin which fits through the hand and the hammer was not broken on mine, but it was incorrectly installed. So, I pulled it apart, diagnosed it, and fixed it.

    Can you do the same? Only you can decide!

    https://www.coltforum.com/forums/col...49-pocket.html

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    Most of the guys on this forum know this,... But whenever looking at a Single Action Colt (or any older revolver for that matter) Cycle the action with the muzzle pointing down, Than do it again with the muzzle pointing up,... If it fails to rotate the cylinder when pointing it up but not down, Its most likely the "Hand Spring".... If the cylinder doesn't rotate up or down,... It would be a problem with the hand (and, or the pin) itself. Its actually a fairly common problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gothondra View Post
    I just purchased one at auction, and found that the cylinder does not turn when I cock the hammer. What part or parts cause the cylinder to turn and I can I replace the part myself.
    Replacing that spring is no big deal, whether you do it, or send to someone with experience. To put it in perspective, it would take me longer to disassemble/reassemble the gun than to install a new hand spring!!


 

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