Monday, June 22, 2015

That Uberti

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!

1 comment:

El Capitan said...

I'd recommend the Wolff wire spring replacement for the trigger spring. Those bent metal fingers on the stock spring are apt to break off at the least convenient times. They're cheap enough you can keep half a dozen in the parts box, too.