Posted by Cliff Brown on April 11, 2012, 6:08 pm 18.104.22.168
Hello all, Before disassembling the lock on my elsie for a good cleaning I did a search on the forum for any tips, but had not noticed anyone using the spring vice that is commonly used on the flintlocks for compressing the main spring. I decided to give it a try and it worked like a champ. During reassembly I had to drill a hole in a pine board to put the pin of the sear into while re aligning the main spring with it to compress it again for reassembly. The main spring vice can be purchased at most black powder supply houses. I will attempt to post a picture.
Mr. Marshall, sorry I have not been on this site for some time. There are several black powder suppliers on line. A google search should bring them up easily. here is a short list. The Log Cabin Shop, Dixie Gun Works, and Track of the Wolf. it is called a main spring vise.