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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-09-2016, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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lock question.

I am seeking some advice about my lock. I have a CVA hawkins left handed flinter. I had to get a new frizzen put on it this past fall. Took it to the range a number of time to shoot it and it worked perfectly. After a lot of shooting, I took the lock off the gun and scrubbed it clean and oiled it. Now when shooting it, the hammer hits the frizzen, sparks, and the gun fires, but the frizzen never opens completely, only about half way if that. Mind you the gun still fires everytime. Is it normal for the frizzen to not open completely? Should it be something to worry about since the gun does fire every time? What simple fixes are there to make it work properly?
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Re: lock question.

COULD be the frizzen screw is too tight.Take the lock off and just back it off a little and give it a try.

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Re: lock question.

Could also be a mis-adjusted flint. I have always found CVA locks to be kind of picky about flint placement in the jaws. Too far back and it will still spark, but not kick the frizzen. This usually happens over time as the flint knaps itself down against the frizzen, so it's possibly just time for an adjustment or new flint. But check that screw as well as that is also a likely place for a hang-up!

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Re: lock question.

Oil the frizzen screw and shoe that rides on the spring. check how tight the screw is ? tighten till bottoms out, then backoff 1/2 turn.
check frizzen face. heavy gouges ?? its getting soft spots. flint is digging in and stopping from opening...the frizzen should open fully and not bounce back either. this partial opening can cause flash to come back in shooter face..be careful.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2016, 12:20 PM
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Re: lock question.

You may also need to stone the area of the lief spring that the frizzen knuckle contacts or the knuckle itself. Careful not to take off metal - just a bit of color.

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