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My slide stop is broken and not repairable. When I looked for a new one I see they are different than mine. Numrich # 185180c. That one has an integral pivot pin. Mine never had an integral pin but instead a stud in the frame and a hole in the slide stop. The stud in nicely machined, blued, and show no evidence of ever having been staked. It was always problematical. Did Colt ever make them like that?

IF not mine was probably a factory error where the slide stop was not properly staked to the pivot pin? IF so I will need to remove the pin from the frame. I was thinking of drilling (in a milling machine) tapping, and extracting with a socket head sap screw. Same idea as the RCBS stuck case remover.

If that fails I can drill the appropriate hole in the frame using the milling machine.

The pivot pin/stud seems pretty hard. Grabbing it with pliers did not mangle it.

Any thoughts?

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Your Woodsman Match Target year of manufacture is most certainly from 1955, 56 thru very early 1957 when the Slide Stop was 2 piece post and lever. The manual/schematic from the period will also confirm my assertion which I will post for viewing. Wear in three location can and will cause a failure fot the Slide to be captured on the last shot fired. Those three locations are the Slides Capture Notch, Slide Stop Lever Capture Blade as well as the Post Mount Hole.
Replacement is an option yet many want to keep their early 3rd series examples correct and as such I have repaired many back to perfect operation without the necessity of replacement.

Always feel free to discuss the Woodsman Series of Pistols directly via email or phone.

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Tom Platt

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3rd Series Schematic - Parts List 001.JPG 3rd Series Schematic - Parts List 002.JPG
 

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Tom,

The board will not let me PM you. My name is Scot. I would like to discuss the issue with you. May I call? What time, and phone number?

I extracted the stud per bad advice. I did not damage it. He thought it was a broken off pivot pin rusted in place. He was wrong.

I can not find a slide stop with just the hole and no pivot pin. I did locate an original one with the integral pin. As a bonus, it is machined, not made from bent up sheet stock. The part that engages the side appears to me made to catch the whole slide notch, not just the outside 30%. I was thinking of using that one. The hole in the frame is 0.6" deep and is 3/36" diameter. Does my plan sound workable ?

It never functioned right with the pivot pin-less slide stop. It only engaged the outside edge of the slide. It chewed up the side. If the machined one will work or can be fitted I would like to try it. I have very significant gunsmithing skills.

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Scot
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