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Old 06-20-2009, 12:04 PM
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Default How does the hand spring fit on 442/642

Greetings and thanks in advance for any assistance.

But how does the hand spring install in a Smith 442/642?

I have one apart and can't figure out how that little spring goes back in.

Any help/links would be appreciated.
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On the new MIM guns the hand spring is different. The pictures below is how it looks assembled. If it fly's apart, look at the pictures to aid you in reassembling it. Remember that there is a "blind" cutout area where the short side of the spring fits, inside the trigger. The other side of the spring gets bent behind the hand stud in the normal way and when all assembled it's fine. Remember, the spring fits on the side that the hand is positioned.


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So trigger removal is pretty much mandatory?

I don't see anyway of fishing that thing in with the trigger installed.

If this is right, can you give me a guide on removing the trigger? I have removed just about everything else.

Thanks for the help.
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These notes apply to all S&W revolvers. Only minor differences:
Find a perfect fitting screwdriver.

Remove the grip.

Unscrew all the screws on the side plate, don't mix them up.

Roll gun over, push the thumb latch in and open the cylinder.

Slide yoke and cylinder off the frame, go easy not to scratch it.

Roll gun back and find a plastic hammer and tap the frame (near where the grips would be) and the side plate will come loose.

Remove slide plate.

Lift out the hammer block (sheet metal part with a hole on one end, hook on the other CENTENIAL MODELS OMIT).

Loosen strain screw and remove main spring. (J frame insert cotter pin into hole, remove from stirrup).

Pull thumb piece to rear. Press trigger to cock hammer, lift hammer up and off the stud.

Find a screwdriver, and pry the rebound slide off the stud, rebound spring and stem will fly out so keep a finger over opening.

Pull back the hand to clear window, then wiggle trigger off the stud.

You can remove the cylinder stop and bolt but the gains are not worth the trouble.

But if you must, then flip gun over and unscrew thumb piece.

Flip gun back, pull bolt to rear and lift out of frame, watch out for plunger and tiny spring.

Pry out spring for cylinder stop, let the stop drop down and remove stop.

Reverse the operation to put it back together. Find a special rebound slide tool to put the rebound spring back on. It looks like this:


Remember all the guns from J frame to X are nearly all the same internally.

The hammer block sits all the way up before the slide plate goes back on. One end sits on the stud of the rebound slide, the other end sits in front of the hammer. Picture of 500:



Here is a picture of a 686 without the hammer block:
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It's the wiggling the trigger off the stud part I am stuck at.

It doesn't want to budge.

Do I have to relieve the pressure of the trigger return spring to get the trigger and the part behind the trigger that encases the return spring out? Do these parts come out together?

Gonna give it a rest for today and hit it again fresh in the a.m. Starting to give me a headache.

Thanks again.
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Okay,


I got mad and wiggled that trigger off.

Now I am gonna attempt to get the hand back on the trigger. I may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
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Got her put back together now. All seems well but I have a shooting session planned for early Monday morning to ensure it is all right.

Many thanks to you sir for the help. The pics made all the difference.

That spring is a bear to get installed.
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Default MIM trigger in 296 and fitting hand spring

Let me just add a word to 500 Magnum Nut's excellent post No. 2 above about hand springs inside MIM triggers. The 296 I was just tinkering with has a smaller and less complex configuration than the one in his example, and it took me longer than it should have to extrapolate from his pictures to my situation. Fitting the hand spring turns out to be simple if you know how to approach it, and an exercise in frustration if you just monkey around with it in the dark. Recommendation: if you have old eyes like mine, do this in a deep box in bright sunlight or under heavy desktop task lighting.

The hand spring has a short arm and a long arm. Put the short arm into the blind pocket that 500MN mentioned, and make sure the coil in the spring is back against the metal of the trigger; there is a semi-circular relief in the MIM part to accommodate it.

Then using a pin punch or narrow bladed screwdriver the same width as the slot in the trigger, push the long end of the hand spring back far enough to slip the two pegs of the hand into their holes in the trigger.

Then with the hand firmly seated, release pressure on the spring and you are good to go.

Sorry, no pictures. The next time I take the gun apart I will try to remember to take some. But really, if you remember short end down and coil against the metal, that's all you need to know to make reinstallation of the hand spring work.
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+1 to that. I just took apart my Model 66 for the first time. That hand torsion spring is a little beetch to get back in there.

edit to add: I talked to a gunsmith who has devised a wire tool that makes holding the spring in position a lot easier than the screwdriver trick.

He attaches the wire to the bench with a screw, then loops the other end over the spring arm that needs to be forward of the pegs, and pulls back on the trigger assembly
whilst he inserts the hand into the trigger.
neat.

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I've been replacing the springs on my father's 642. He is getting up in age and doesn't have the strength to pull a hard double action pull any more. Although I've worked on a lot of the older S&W revolvers, I have limited experience with those with MIM parts. I can't tell you just how much help this thread has been in getting the hand spring back in place. It can't be stressed too much just how important it is to get the short leg of that spring solidly in that blind hole in the trigger. Muchisimas gracias!
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+1 to entire thread!


I know I am late to the party, but I'm sure others will view this thread going forward, wanted to share my experience.

I have a 642-2 and wanted to remove the lock mechanism. A little too exuberant in removing the hammer and the spring popped from the hand. Doh!!!

Took me a while to find the hidden pocket. Bright task lighting was critical for this discovery. Once I discovered the pocket, the pictures made a lot more sense to me, making the assembly more logical.

Found that a flat end allen wrench (vs. the ball ends I have so many of) that was small enough to fit into the slot and large enough to fill most of the slot worked very well for pushing the spring back to get behind the hand pins.

Thanks to all for your help in this perplexing challenge. Have the pistol back together now (whew!!!) and am ready to go to the range to run it again, to make certain my assembly technique was correct.

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Just wanted to say thanks to all that contributed to this thread. The comments and photos were invaluable when I was reassembling my 60 after putting lighter main and rebound springs in.
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Thanks!! Fooled with this for an hour before I found these pictures, ten minuets later, All back together!!
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There is very seldom a reason to remove the "hand" from the trigger, just leave it in place when you remove the trigger. Only when you need to work on the hand do you need to remove it.
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There is very seldom a reason to remove the "hand" from the trigger, just leave it in place when you remove the trigger. Only when you need to work on the hand do you need to remove it.
Agreed. Had to smooth some sharp edges on my 625 hand. I pulled the hand out of the trigger and suddenly realized, this isn't like the rest.
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