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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-27-2013, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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T/C Hawkins Fail to Fire

I picked up a T/C Hawkins a few years back, I had noticed that occasionally that the hammer will not completely drop, it will fall to half cock.

I notice this only when using the set trigger. If I discharge the rifle with out setting the trigger I have not encountered the problem.

I also have noticed that if it drops to half cock, I pull it back and set the trigger, it is unlikely to fully drop. but if I cock the hammer and do not set the trigger, it always drops. The problem is too sporadic, I haven't been able to figure out any sort of pattern.

Any ideas?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-27-2013, 01:31 PM
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Re: T/C Hawkins Fail to Fire

pull the lock and trigger and clean it real well. i'm betting its corroded or gunked up. not hard to do.

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Re: T/C Hawkins Fail to Fire

I did, everything is nice and clean. I clean it as soon as I get home from the range or after any shot. The gun might have 50 rounds down the barrel.
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Re: T/C Hawkins Fail to Fire

Sounds like the fly is gunked up, literally, tucked in the up location, and not flipping down when going to full cock, to allow passing half-cock notch when lowered!

If it is borderline gunky, it will fire some, stop at half cock some.

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Hmm, sounds like tonight it'll get torn apart and scrubbed until it shines.
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Re: T/C Hawkins Fail to Fire

Remove the lock, A little Dawn and water, without stripping the lock apart, using a toothbrush. Or some people have mentioned brake cleaner. I like Dawn because it cuts any gunked oil, AND powder residue or salts.

Then an airhose to blow out water, WD40 to rid of remaining water, and air hose again. Then just a touch of 3in1 oil.

Clean frizzen with alcohol after you are all done. And pull the flint to do the cleaning!

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Re: T/C Hawkins Fail to Fire

trigger screws are out of adjustment.
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Re: T/C Hawkins Fail to Fire

Maybe over tightening the lock screw...I know if I clean mine and put it back on and tighten it too much the hammer does goofy things...usually for me it wont lock back...

Take the lock off...does it click into half and full cock properly? Fire it (just a lever) see what it does....
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Re: T/C Hawkins Fail to Fire

Is it going to half cock or is it hitting the frizzen and stopping?
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-27-2013, 06:15 PM
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Re: T/C Hawkins Fail to Fire

mauser06 may be right..mine does that if i tighten the lock screw to tight,then i just back it off alittle
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