Cleaning revolvers today, the Uberti displayed a fault as I re-assembled the cylinder into the frame. The bolt wouldn't come up. Well, hell.
Last month at the Texas shoot, I talked with my cousin, Gentleman George. He has several Ubertis and he's become fairly adept at working on them. He gave me a few tips and I listened carefully. Today, when that darned bolt wouldn't come up and lock the cylinder, I decided to take it apart and find the problem, and do a little polishing. George had told me that the revolvers are fairly simple devices, and gave me a tip about the cylinder hand spring.
I remembered that John Taylor had written an excellent tutorial on the Uberti, so I went online to look at it. Armed with the knowledge of both Taylor and Gentleman George, I went out to the bench.I have to admit that I had some trepidation, and I've gone wrong with handgun projects before. However, in just a few minutes, I had the revolver apart. Found a burr on the bolt and judiciously polished both sides. While I had the little gun apart, I applied Gentleman George's trick with the cylinder hand spring. Nothing to it actually. The new Uberti has the cylinder hand spring captured by a small threaded plug. I knew with my old eyes, I'd never get that tiny plug back in the hole, so I simply took it out, stretched the spring a tiny bit, and reassembled without the plug. The only real *&^% moments came as I was re-installing the grip frame. For some reason, I didn't have it lined up properly and the screws wouldn't start. Once I re-aligned, everything went back together easy-peasy.
I don't know why I was afraid of it. They're fairly simple, straight-forward devices. Thanks, George!