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Old 06-10-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Can't get cylinder to open! Help!!

Picked up a used S&W mod 36 J Frame. I knew it had a problem but got it at a good price. I can't get the cylinder to open. The latch just will not slide farther to let cylinder open. Help! Thanks,
 
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:54 PM   #2
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The ejector rod may have come unscrewed.

Rock the hammer backward and slip a business card under the cylinder between it and the frame to hold the cylinder stop down.
This will allow you to roll the cylinder backward (clockwise).
Hold the ejector rod with a small pair of pliers as you roll the cylinder clockwise.
If the ejector rod is loose, the rod should thread back in far enough to allow you to open the cylinder out of the frame.

Put three EMPTY cases in the chambers, then pad the rod by wrapping some sheet copper or leather around the ejector rod, grip the rod with pliers around the padding and tighten snuggly.
Don't tighten so tight you strip the fine threads.

If it wants to unscrew with use, put a drop of fingernail polish on the rod threads before tightening.
DO NOT use Loctite. It can infiltrate into areas you don't want it and "glue" the cylinder assembly together.
 
Old 06-11-2014, 06:50 AM   #3
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Thank, dfariswheel, I tried holding the ejector rod but I was unable turn the rod. I didn't want to break the rod. What do you thing I should do next???

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Old 06-11-2014, 03:39 PM   #4
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Either send it to S&W or take it to a gunsmith KNOWN to be qualified to work on S&W revolvers.
 
Old 06-11-2014, 04:24 PM   #5
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Thank, dfariswheel, I tried holding the ejector rod but I was unable turn the rod.
Don't turn the rod. Hold the rod still and turn the cylinder.
 
Old 06-17-2014, 12:06 PM   #6
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Got it open now I need a extractor rod left thread 2in barrel and a center pin.
 
Old 06-17-2014, 06:32 PM   #7
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Best source is to call S&W direct. They can fix you up with the correct parts.
Have your model and serial number handy, parts did change.
 
Old 06-20-2014, 04:08 AM   #8
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Thanks for the help, got parts from S&W.
 
Old 06-20-2014, 04:42 PM   #9
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To install, put three EMPTY cases in the cylinder to support and protect the ejector, then use PADDED pliers to tighten the rod in place.

You want it tight, but not to the point where you strip the fine threads.
I DON'T recommend using Loctite. It can infiltrate into other areas and cause major problems.
If you want, you can use a drop of fingernail polish as a thread locker.
 
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