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Old May 6th, 2017, 06:47 AM   #1
 
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Replaced BH Hammer and Trigger Spring - Lessons Learned

Yesterday I replaced my BH hammer with a SBH hammer and trigger spring with a Wolff 30oz. This was the first time I have taken a BH apart and it went ok. I ended up having to reassemble and disassemble about 4-5 times to get it all back together right, and turns out I probably had it right the first time.

All in all I am happy and learned a little bit in the process. The ergonomics of the hammer are better and the lighter trigger feels good. Hopefully going to the range today or tomorrow to test.

I watched at least 4 videos and read 5-6 articles to make sure I knew what I was doing. I think what happens though is that those people are all really familiar and forget the first time they did it so here are my tips for the first timers. So for those that have taken these things apart this is not helpful and reading will be waste of time. These are a few tips for those first timers to hopefully avoid the issues I had.

1. When the videos and articles indicate to remember which frame screw is the long one here is why: The long frame screw holds the trigger pin in place, which is why you can't get it out until that screw is removed. The screw extends into the channel in the pin. So when the gun is put back together the pin channel and screw have to be on the same side. (see photo)

2. Hold the cylinder latch spring in place while sliding the grip frame back on. It really sucks to have to take it apart again because it fell out of place.

3. It is easier to put the frame back on with the trigger spring feet free from the frame to get the trigger spring in the right place on the trigger.

4. During reassembly once the trigger pin is in place use a piece of scotch tape to hold the pin in place. Make sure the tape doesn't get in between the grip frame and gun frame when reassembling (disassembly 2 or/and 3).

5. General operation: If the cylinder pin is not all the way in place the safety bar will catch on the firing pin if you don't tip the gun backwards when cocking. I think this is what was happening to me after I put it back together the first time but I though something was put together wrong and took it apart to get it right. Yeah, I'm a newbie to the gun so this is probably common knowledge for others.
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Old May 6th, 2017, 10:15 AM   #2
 
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Thanks for the tips, I am planning to do the same swap in the very near future. I am going to print your post and put in gun folder for future reference. Thanks again. -mike
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Thanks, this is just the kind of stuff that can save klutzes like me.
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