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I have been working on an old Colt 1877 .38 pistol.

I have 2 springs on order from Poppert and have re-assembled the pistol with the existing parts to become familiar with it.

Question: Every internal part has a nest or exact location for it with the exception of the "hand and cylinder tension spring" (usually #35 on views). It doesn't appear to nest into any other part and seems to just be pushed into the mainframe once the trigger is installed.

Exploded diagrams and even the section view isn't clear on the location of this part.

Has anyone any experience with the hand /cyl tension spring of the 1877 and it's proper installation ?
 

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If you search this forum for past threads on the Colt Lightning Revolver, you will get all the information you need..Jim


Thanks but that was the first thing I did. There are plenty of Lightning threads but nothing specific to the placing of the "hand and cylinder tension spring".
 

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Hello again Caliber 38. I received my springs from poppert and have assembled the pistol a couple of times now. Just like the other threads, my single action full cock is the only trouble.

The other threads have a "thunderer" which seems to have a 4 legged "hand and cylinder stop spring" but I have a "lightning" which only has a 2 legged spring.

My sear is not engaging the hammer only at SA full cock.

Question: What mechanism puts pressure on the sear to have it forced agaainst the hammer? The Thunderer has 1 of the 4 legs to do this but the lightning does not.
 

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All springs came in and with a little advice the gun is re-assembled and works well. I was lucky and only needed to replace the trigger spring and the hand spring. Still I see where it is more difficult to re-assemble than mosy guns. I didn't realize that one spring was attached to the sear via a small groove.

I need one more thing to finally finish this restoration.....a loading gate.

I have googled it and cannot find one. Do any of the "colt forum" readers have one for sale?
 
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