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Old 11-15-2020, 07:59 PM   #1
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Question S & W Model 36 Chief Special

I inherited a S & W Model 36 Chief Special revolver from my father. This J frame revolver will not lock the hammer when cocked to fire singled action. However, it functions properly when the trigger is pulled back and fired in double action mode. What would cause this problem? I can disassemble the gun but don't know what part I should look for that would either be broken or if a spring is missing. Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

I'm new to this forum I so don't know if I should just keep checking back or if I will receive an e-mail notification to [email protected]

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Old 11-15-2020, 09:50 PM   #2
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It could be a number of things..........

First, it could have been converted to double action-only.
This would have had the single action notch of the hammer ground away.
Yeas ago some departments had revolvers altered to DA-only but left the hammer spur intact so a holster safety strap would still work.

It could have a bad case of "Push-off".
This is where the hammer is cocked and a push on the back of the spur causes it to un-cock.
In a bad case the hammer won't stay cocked at all.
Causes of this can be a bad attempt to do a "trigger job' or installation of a light weight spring kit that's too light.
If it's push off and the hammer and trigger aren't ruined it can be repaired by using a 6 inch fine square stone to stone the angle on the trigger sear area to the correct angle.

There is a correct way to do this and it's not done free hand.
See below......

If you want to attempt a repair yourself, full instructions are in the Jerry Kuhnhausen Shop Manual on the S&W revolvers.
This was written as a training manual for new gunsmiths and shows ALL repairs in deep detail, and to the standards and specs of the S&W factory.
I DO NOT recommend looking at any video on Youtube... way too many of those are done by people who have no idea what they're taking about and people have ruined guns that way.

The Shop Manual is money WELL spent and will save you a lot of grief and charges for gunsmiths repairs.

https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t...prod73553.aspx
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Old 11-16-2020, 01:02 PM   #3
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LAPD Was One Department...

...that rendered its issued revolvers DAO and required officers to submit their backup/off-duty revolvers to the armorers for registration and "neutering" to DAO as well.
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Old 11-17-2020, 08:28 AM   #4
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I believe if you contact S & W they will let you ship the gun back to them and repair it at no charge.

I think their "lifetime warranty" is just that but Charlie would know for sure.
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Not sure about the no charge part, but here's info on return shipping and warranty repair:

https://www.smith-wesson.com/custome...ipping-returns

https://www.smith-wesson.com/customer-service/warranty

Oh, life time warranty is to the original owner and I don't know how they treat inheritances.
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Old 11-20-2020, 07:26 PM   #6
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They were good to me.

And I did something stupid...

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My Arkansas stone got me into trouble more than once. But that Woodsman didn't go full auto until I sold it. One in the target and 3 in the ceiling and no idea where the 5th one went.
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