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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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TC Lock Tutorial

Hello..any possibility of a sticky/tutorial on the right way to completely strip a TC lock? Specifically a flintlock....

There are a lot around and hopefully be in use for a long time and for maintenance, etc. I looked around the net but found nothing. With S&W (TC) RELUCTANT or unable to provide service we many TC owners need some knowledge we can rely on.

I can change a frizzen, etc. but would really like to know how to remove the main spring, hammer, sear (bridle?) etc. without having a problem getting it back together or losing small parts, etc.

It would be nice for us TC owners who are not gunsmiths to have some info to rely on, especially in the form of a sticky on the forum, ...Thanks, Mikail
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 01:25 PM
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Re: TC Lock Tutorial

The biggest obstacle is getting the coiled mainspring out...and back in.

I don't know if anyone sells a clamp for that purpose. I made one once. Have you ever seen a twin screw carpentry clamp? The old wooden variety? I made it on that same principle using metal of course.

Bring the hammer back to full cock. Place clamp on the spring, and then drop the hammer all the way down.

I hate it that such tools are called a vise. Calling them a clamp is a more accurate description. Bring the hammer to full cock. Place the clamp onto the spring and then drop the hammer all the way down.

Using them as you would use a vice risks over compressing the spring.
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Re: TC Lock Tutorial

eBay sells tool $25
Look for TC mainspring tool

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Re: TC Lock Tutorial

Doe the mainspring need to be off before you open up the sear cover (bridle?)
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Re: TC Lock Tutorial

Yes, always take load off of Springs before working on Lock!!! Sear spring is not under very much pressure..
don't loose the Fly.

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Re: TC Lock Tutorial

If you let the hammer down the whole way to take the extra compression out of the spring, it is pretty easy to remove and install with a needle nose pliers on the edge of a work bench. I have done it a few times and works well. I would like to try to make the tool that is shown on eBay but the pliers work well enough that I haven't bothered. You need to get pliers with tips small enough to fit in around the spring tip. Smaller is better.
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Re: TC Lock Tutorial

I am a firm believer in having a parts diagram for every gun I own. Even if it is 150 yrs old milsurp.
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