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Old 08-05-2018, 02:11 PM
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With the info gleaned from this forum and youtube, I took three revolvers ( Gov, 21 and 27) apart, removed the internal locks, cleaned a little, reassembled correctly and dry fired. All are good!

A trick no one mentioned that I'd like to share: Putting a small wooden wedge between the frame and the main spring takes the pressure off the strain screw, making the loosening less of a tweek for the initial turn. Just saying...

Might send off for the plugs now!?!
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Yep - the plugs are good!
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:20 PM
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:03 PM
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A trick no one mentioned that I'd like to share: Putting a small wooden wedge between the frame and the main spring takes the pressure off the strain screw, making the loosening less of a tweek for the initial turn. Just saying...
Thanks for posting that. I have to change a firing pin on my 627 and I figure that, since I have to disassemble the revolver, I might as well do the IL removal at the same time. If you found any particularly helpful Youtube instruction video...could you please link it here? There are quite a few of those videos, enough that I don't have time to watch all. Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA makes some great how-to gunsmithing videos...but I'm almost certain he doesn't, or won't show a lock removal.
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I will look for the better video. I'll post. When you get the side plate off, take a picture to refer back to later. YouTube
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Here's a link for lock removal, tear down, and reassembly

Takes an eyeglasses screwdriver and a tooth pick to pop the locking cam out in a couple seconds

INTERNAL LOCK REMOVAL
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Thanks Bob I'll stay tuned. Thanks JDinAz....LOL I found that one last week while browsing on Youtube and thought it worthy of saving in my bookmarks for future reference.
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I personally have started pulling the flag, which actually locks the trigger, and leaving the lock itself.
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I did a couple of my guns and have more plugs. To me the only hassle is getting the plug lined to slip in the hole. Perfect fit and square shoulders. I used a dental pick on the fork to slide it back.
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Put a plug in one today, definitely tough to keep the plug rotated correctly.
Plug sits a little recessed, not satisfied with it, have two more to install. I'll share an opinion after.
Put two more in tonight. They sit just slightly recessed. They fill the hole and the bluing is good. Maybe I am being to picky. Revolvers look great.
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I, like dr. mordo, remove the flag and leave the lock.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:24 PM
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I wouldn't leave the lock and pull the flag.

It makes it look like a working lock. Does the lock turn, even if the flag is missing?

Would that give someone the impression the gun has a working lock, while it doesn't?

I also wouldn't grind the nub on the flag - same issue.

If you don't want a lock, remove it, plug it (or not) or buy a gun without one.

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Zerk fitting?
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Zerk fitting?
That's a great idea. Some heavy duty grease once in awhile via the Zerk fitting.
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Lightening holes.
Drill them all over the frame.
Shed grams from your heavy revolver.

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Old 08-08-2018, 09:33 PM
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I have heard of the lock working loose after removing the flag and jamming up the works if left in the gun.

The best thing is to remove the lock and live with the hole or install the plug.
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