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Need Help Identifying An Early Smith Firing Pin and Sleeve
Posted by Tom Johnson on June 12, 2019, 6:01 pm
I recently picked up a "jumker" LC Smith that I saved from the parts scavengers. It has a lot of surface rust issues, but I believe it can be brought back to life. The reason it was being sold cheap, other than the rust, is that the left firing pin was bent down outside the face of the receiver. Someone along the line had tried to remove the sleeve (with what looks like a pair of needle-nose pliers) and in the process buggered it up beyond recognition. I managed to carefully dig out the remainder of the sleeve and extract the damaged firing pin. The gun is a 12-gauge hammerless double, made, I believe, in 1904. The serial number is 2020XX(X's mine). OO Grade. I've done a little looking, but am uncertain as to the correct firing pin and sleeve dimensions. The pin is the 26.1 or 26.14 type as shown on page 451 of Jack First's Gun Parts book 13 (shotgun parts). It's a straight pin with a single collar. The specs on the worn pin don't match either one of First's pins, however, so I am at a loss for the correct size of the pin and the sleeve hole. I would pull the other sleeve and pin, but poor storage has made the sleeve retaining screw very reluctant, and I don't want to bugger it up as well. If any one has followed this along, and knows what I'm talking about, or needs further information, I would appreciate any feedback whatsoever. Thanks.