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Old 01-18-2015, 03:09 PM   #1
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Grip Difficulty

Just started experiencing a really frustrating problem with my 15-2HV .357 revolver. If I tighten the grip retaining screw enough to keep the grip on the weapon, I lose the single action capacity. If I don't tighten it to that extent, the grip is loose and wobbly, making effective weapon control nearly impossible. The problem presents when using both DW and after-market grips. Any ideas as to what might be causing the problem and how to rectify it?
 
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:49 PM   #2
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The grip screw screws into the bottom of the mainspring seat.

I suspect that if the grip screw is too long, it will interfere with the ability of the hammer to move far enough to the rear to allow cocking it for single action.

Get an Allen head cap screw with the same threads from a hardware store.
Most stores will have a thread and tap gage in the screw and bolt department so you can select the right thread size.

Just start grinding or cutting the new screw off until there's no interference with the action, then shorten the original grip screw a slight amount more.

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Just buy a shorter Allen head cap screw and use it. Dan Wesson used ordinary Allen head screws, there's nothing special about them.

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Just add a couple more washers onto the grip screw.

Here's a DW schematic.
Note how the grip screw part number 52 screws into the mainspring seat part 49.

http://www.stevespages.com/ipb-dwesson-w142152.html
 
Old 01-19-2015, 08:59 AM   #3
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Adding a couple stainless washers I had on hand did the trick. The grip attachment is rock-solid and the lockwork functions as it should. I have a great shooting revolver again, though I can't help wondering why the problem presented now after over 30 years of flawless performance. At any rate, thanks muchly for the quick and effective "fix."

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... though I can't help wondering why the problem presented now after over 30 years of flawless performance. ...
Any chance something(s) expanded/extended, compressed, or a bit of both?
 
Old 01-19-2015, 05:26 PM   #5
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Yep, the grips likely shrunk slightly in key fit areas.
 
Old 12-29-2017, 09:19 PM   #6
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I blew a hole in a range roof back in 1980 or so when I put a new grip on my 15-2, and pointed the muzzle upwards as I tried to cock it. BOOM. $25 to plug the hole. I always check out the SA action carefully when I buy a new DW.
 
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