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Single Six: how do I remove the base pin latch nut?
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At the urging of my fellow Ruger Single Six owners, I bought an installed a Wolff replacement spring kit to lighten both the trigger puller and hammer resistance. I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the results: MUCH better trigger feel (though some creep is still there) and remarkably easier cocking. However, the third and final spring in the kit is for the base pin latch and I have no clue how to get the thing to uncrew. Truth be told, I really do see a need to replace this spring as it functions fine as is. However, knowing that I paid for it and that I don't know how to use it will drive me nuts. As it stand, the latch nut just sort of floats there with nothing to unthread it against. Is there a special tool required to do this job?
Thanks for your help.
Thanks for your help.
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
I'm looking to remove the spring-loaded latch that actually holds the cylinder pin in place - it's the thing you push sideways to get the cylinder pin out. That part needs to come out in order to install the replacement spring, but there's nothing to "unscrew" it against. It's a free-spinning part with a slot and two depressions on the opposing piece that appear to be for some sort of special tool. I'm hoping that there's a workaround for that little detail.
Again, this isn't exactly a showstopper by any stretch. At this point, if I'm able, I'll put it in and see what it offers me. If I don't like it, back in goes the factory spring. The lions share of improvements already came with the spring/hammer replacements. I just want to know how to do this base pin business purely for the sake of knowledge.
It is common for a spring kit to have a spring you do not need, at least not needed for the original purpose the spring kit was purchased.
pliers) while the latch is being unscrewed. Don’t lose the spring. When
reassembling, be certain the nut and spring are on the left side of the frame. (See\\
Thanks, NN! That spring certainly seems like a toss-in bonus. As long as I know how to manipulate it, I feel fine leaving it in there. I just hate not knowing something that I've been challanged to understand. You seem to have solved that for me.
BTW, the big screwdriver kit from Brownells has the 'spanner' screwdriver bits for the nut.
Or McMaster-Carr - http://www.mcmaster.com/#screwdriver-insert-bits/=g0ez7t
Don't remember if it was Ruger or Colt that actually peened the threads after the plunger was assembled.
Well, pull up a chair, grab a cold beverage and feel free to introduce yourself to the rest of the of the crazies in the asylum...
Yours is made for the wrong hand though?