A while back I acquired a non-firing replica of the Colt 1848 “Baby Dragoon” pocket revolver. Although it is non-firing, it has a working trigger / hammer mechanism and rotating cylinder. Somehow I managed to break it so there was no spring tension in the hammer. Well, I finally decided to disassemble the gun and figure out what went wrong.
After examining the mechanism and fiddling with a couple of improvised springs – to no avail – I decided to remove one side of the grip and check out the innards. Since the grips were not made to remove, I actually broke off the left side, and what do you know? A big tension spring!
The spring had an obvious misalignment, so I worked it back into place, reassembled the gun and re-glued the grip. All is well. 🙂