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Old 05-15-2017, 07:15 PM
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Hey all! I recently picked up this Model 36 from '79 and just noticed the pin isn't exactly even on both sides. Should I have my smith take a look at this? I'd attempt to do it myself, but wasn't sure if the pin went right to left, or left to right. I'll most likely just take it to the pro though.

Oh, and I decided to wax her up tonight for a photo-shoot with my Model 10.
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If you do not feel confident to drift the pin and don't have the correct cup head punch I would agree, take it to a gunsmith that you "trust". FYI, all S&W pins are neutral, they don't have a specific drift direction.
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I had a S&W with a pin protruding on one side like yours is. I took care of it myself with good results.

You can buy the proper cupped point punch from Brownells, but since mine had a well-worn finish to start with, I just used an appropriately sized flat point punch. I put a couple of layers of masking tape all around the pin so if the punch slipped, it would hopefully not damage the finish. I used a small hammer and very lightly tapped the pin. It moved easily. Take it slow and easy or you'll make the pin protrude too much on the other side!

Of course, if my revolver looked as nice as yours, I may have taken it to a pro rather than attempt the adjustment myself. Actually, it wouldn't hurt to leave it as is, so that's what I might do.
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If you do not feel confident to drift the pin and don't have the correct cup head punch I would agree, take it to a gunsmith that you "trust". FYI, all S&W pins are neutral, they don't have a specific drift direction.
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I had a S&W with a pin protruding on one side like yours is. I took care of it myself with good results.

You can buy the proper cupped point punch from Brownells, but since mine had a well-worn finish to start with, I just used an appropriately sized flat point punch. I put a couple of layers of masking tape all around the pin so if the punch slipped, it would hopefully not damage the finish. I used a small hammer and very lightly tapped the pin. It moved easily. Take it slow and easy or you'll make the pin protrude too much on the other side!

Of course, if my revolver looked as nice as yours, I may have taken it to a pro rather than attempt the adjustment myself. Actually, it wouldn't hurt to leave it as is, so that's what I might do.
Thank you for the all info!

I think I'll have my guy take a look at it at some point, I don't want to run the risk of banging her up. I want to try and keep her looking decent for a bit. haha What do you think about shooting it in the meantime - will the pin drift any further from shooting it?
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Call me Bubba, but I'd take a good heavy piece of wood dowel and put a very slight cup in the end with a drill, then use that to give it a couple of thumps with a mallet. I can't believe you'd mark it up with that, provided you had a good stable way of holding the gun.
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Call me Bubba, but I'd take a good heavy piece of wood dowel and put a very slight cup in the end with a drill, then use that to give it a couple of thumps with a mallet. I can't believe you'd mark it up with that, provided you had a good stable way of holding the gun.
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Shooting it should not have any impact on the pin position. It's probably been where it is since it left the factory.
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I used a delrin punch. Done.
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Secure the revolver in a padded vice and tap the pin with a brass punch.
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Well I know its attached to a very nice revolver !
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