(a suggested sign over the squad room @ Tom Ezell & Associates – Investigations: “It’s never as easy as it looks!”)
As recounted in an earlier post, I ordered a spring replacement kit for my S&W 442 electroless nickel snubbie. And subsequently received same.
I decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and get to it, yesterday. (I have removed side plates and dealt with Smith revolver innards before.) Preparatory to this endeavor, I did watch two different videos on You Tube regarding proper disassembly.
Just to refresh my memory.
And I began the task at hand. Excited at the prospect of getting a snubbie with a lighter trigger pull.
But the gods had other ideas…
Gun unloaded – check. Remove Pachmayr stocks – check. Begin unscrewing screws from sideplate…
Not – So – Fast there bucko…
Two of the three screws WOULD NOT BUDGE! An analysis confirmed two things – yep, they were really in there, and the handle on my cheapie gunsmithing screwdriver was turning instead of the shaft!
It probably didn’t help that I’ve NEVER removed the sideplate on this particular revolver in the 21+ years I’ve owned her! Sigh. (I know, my bad).
What to do – What to do?
Dig through mountains of storage boxes to locate my other (better?) gunsmithing screwdriver (with a bad back – me, not the screwdriver), or order another online (at additional cost)?
Looking for suggestions to loosen the screws? Penetrating oil? WD-40?
I’m now pretty comfortable with doing the spring replacement. If I could only get the &%$#$^Y&! sideplate off!
Glad I’m not in a rush…