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Old May 30th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #1
 
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Problem with an Old Model Bearcat.

I have a friend that owns an Old Model Bearcat that has been converted by Ruger to the transfer bar safety system. The S/N is 15xxx. Recently, the bolt (cylinder latch) will not go down when the gun is half-cocked. What could cause this problem? My friend has the original parts for the Bearcat that were returned by Ruger, along with the gun, when it was converted. Would my friend be better off just reinstalling the original parts? I have read that the Old Model guns shoot much better with the original parts.



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They do shoot better with the old parts and are worth far more with the original parts.
Pull the new parts out, put in the old parts and save the new parts.
Carry the revolver with the hammer over an empty chamber.
It will shoot much better because of the better old parts due to a better trigger pull.

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Why would Ruger send back the old parts? Just seems odd.
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One of my new bearcats would missfire if you squeezed the trigger slowly, went back to ruger and came back better but still did it sometimes. I found the old model parts and converted it backwards, now it shoots every time.
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Why would Ruger send back the old parts? Just seems odd.
terry_p Ruger does return the original parts for collectors reasons & collectors value.I'm sure that was about the only way anyone would send their gun in for the conversion.Ruger is smart enough to know this. I have a couple old models and they will not get this conversion if Ruger returns the original parts or not. Unless it's changed read the notice where Ruger offers this conversion. It says right there original parts will be returned.
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Bruce H., The factory Bearcat transfer bar modification added one part (a transfer bar) and changed three parts (base pin, hammer, and trigger). All parts in a converted OM are exactly the same as current production NM Bearcats. The hammer plunger is what pulls the cylinder latch down when the hammer is at half cock. Either the cylinder latch extension is worn/broken or the hammer plunger got bent or oil hardened in the plunger hole and won't let the plunger move. Take the BC apart and inspect the hammer plunger. If it's bound up, use some penetrating oil to free it up. If the plunger is bent or broken, you may have to make a new one out of a drill bit shank. The hammer plunger is not sold separately and is part of the hammer assembly, which is a factory fitted part. The cylinder latch must be fitted at the factory too so it is not available either. My bet .... someone over oiled the gun and the hammer plunger got gummed up ... pretty common problem with older guns.
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