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Hi all, I just picked up this nickel 32 Hand Ejector 1903 with real MOPs for a steal.

Problem is the hand does not work.

I'm familiar with 5- screw Smith's, but this one is older. The hand has only one pin where it goes into the trigger and there isn't a spring in the trigger like the 2-pin hand used for tension.

I don't know what's missing or broken that drives the hand.

I have another 1903 HE 32 but it's even older and has the dual leaf spring, which this nickel one doesn't use either.

The only diagrams I find online show the slightly newer 2-pin hand.

Anybody can help me out with a picture offer suggestions? Thank you!
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Some of the early models use a spring loaded plunger that is fixed to the sideplate. The plunger bears against a canopy on the rear surface of the hand to provide forward tension. Others have what is called a staked in leaf spring in the sideplate to provide tension to the hand.
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Some of the early models use a spring loaded plunger that is fixed to the sideplate. The plunger bears against a canopy on the rear surface of the hand to provide forward tension. Others have what is called a staked in leaf spring in the sideplate to provide tension to the hand.
Sir, thank you for your help. It was like the second picture with the spring loaded plunger. After a little tappy-tap-tap to get the seized plunger and spring out of the side plate, I carefully polished the plunger and cleaned the spring and the hole.
It's working now, and I've learned something new.
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