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    Early 3rd Gen SAA with rough action

    I have a 1979 SAA. The hammer to frame fit is rough and actually binds (pinches) when hammer screw is tightened. I have to back off screw to allow hammer to pull and work action. Timing is good. I understand that these early 3rd gen SAAs can be “a bit rough fit and finish”. Should I be able to tighten hammer screw without binding? Was this normal in these revolvers? Was this designed to allow wear? Would appreciate any feedback.

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    Yes you should be able to tighten hammer screw without binding. Give Colt a call, they still work on third gens or better yet contact Jim Martin on this forum.

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    thank you for the feedback. I will contact both Colt and Jim Martin.

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    Jim will be a lot more fun to talk to! Welcome to the forum.
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    Jim will get the repair done before Colt.

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    I was taught to never tighten the hammer screw or else it will collapse the frame channel enough to cause the hammer to bind. I just gently snug it down and have never had one come loose. It does not need to be tight. Save yourself some money and put a drop of blue Lock-tite on the screw threads and screw the bolt in until it just starts to cause the hammer bind and then back it out a hair. It'll be fine. Of course, if you want a slick feeling, perfectly timed action, by all means send it to Jim Martin or one of the other fine Coltsmiths here.
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    Get an action job...it won’t be the same gun when you get it back. I had an early 2nd that was the same way.

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    I have no idea why one would tighten the hammer screw that much. Yes it is thick and has a deep cut slot for a good purchase with a screwdriver, but all it’s doing is holding the hammer in place.
    No need to crank it down.
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    Let us know what you find out. All the screws are snug on my Colt SAA's, they came that way. No problems but they are all 2nd gen's.

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    In 79', some of those frames and guns were factory seconds. And, the machinery had worn so badly that the hammers were
    thinned out in order to fit the frame slot. This right from the plant manager in 1999 when asked why the hammers had been thinned
    out. You can always stone the inside of the hammer slot, or check for a burr on the inside from the threading tool or drill.

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