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October 5, 2019
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I bought and old pork chop and have been trying to restore it.

It shoots great but about every 5 or  6th round the trigger won’t go back. I bought a Wolf replacement spring but I can’t get it to work at all

I also replaced the other little spring.

I’ve polished the thing like I saw on another thread.

Anybody know what I’m doing wrong?

 

Sure would appreciate some help on how to adjust that trigger spring

October 6, 2019
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I recall ‘Ole Dog’ telling me there were some intricacies with installing the older porkie springs, but am not qualified to comment further than that. Hopefully the old codger will come around and offer some insight on your dilemma … 

October 9, 2019
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I am here. I have been preoccupied with yard work. I will be more attentive, I promise. I am not really sure what may be wrong but the early porkchop triggers did not have the little ledge the trigger return spring rests on. It often would fall off when putting the sideplate back on. Once you get the sideplate on and the spring is still in place it stays there. Early trigger return springs were square wire. It may have been easier to keep on the trigger. The Wolff spring is a slightly different configuration. Keep trying and it will eventually fit right. Make sure the post is fully seated in the frame. 

October 11, 2019
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i think I found the problem

The little set screw behind the trigger was screwed all the way in. I think the trigger was camming over. Seems to be working better when I screwed the little screw out a little ways.

February 2, 2020
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I finally got the pistol working.

I put a new wolf spring in. And Shaping and adjusting that spring was a real bear

But it was well worth it. Runs smooth as glass now

February 3, 2020
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Thanks for the update. For others who may have an issue in the future, what did you have to do to the spring (assuming trigger spring)?

Technically, the glass is always full; half liquid, half air....

February 3, 2020
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I had to bend the long side of the spring so it wouldn’t come off the little ledge when the trigger returns. The I bent the end of the spring so it was contoured to the ledge.

Polished the contact points to a mirror shine

February 5, 2020
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I had a DA trigger problem similar to yours with a 15-2 I bought last year. I tried a new trigger and hammer but in DA the hammer would go back and hit a wall and require way too much force to continue travel. I did it with the cylinder open or closed. The previous owner had changed the trigger return spring so I focused on that yesterday. Like you, I bent the end of the spring to change the contour where the spring rode on the ledge on the trigger. After reassembly I tried it and the DA felt like it should but every now and then wouldn’t return. It’s much better now and I’m still trying to find the sweet spot by tweeking the spring but at least I’ve definitely isolated the problem.

February 13, 2020
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Such a simple action can really make you want to pull your hair out.

Might make sure your sides aren’t rubbing against your hammer when you tighten the screws down

I polished the livin crap out of the insides of the frame too

February 14, 2020
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That’s what bothered me the most. It’s so simple and so few parts and I couldn’t figure it out. I changed the hammer, trigger and mainspring to no avail. In the end, I came back to the advice I got here that it was spring related and focused on the trigger return spring. Just a little difference tweaking the bend in the end of the spring makes a big difference. I thought I was going to wear out the side plate screws, I had it off and on again so may times.

February 14, 2020
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You’re preaching to the choir brother !!!

I would put mine together and hold the plate on and the thing would work. Then when I put screws in it would hang up.

Might also check the little post that holds your spring, it might not be quite perpendicular. Mine was a bit off and for the life of me I don’t know how it got bent but when I was monkeying with the spring tension and shape.

I used a card with a sharp 90 degree angle to make sure I got the post straight.

February 15, 2020
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That’s crazy. That’s what was happening the other day. I got tired of taking the screws and side plate on and off and put a death grip on the side plate and tried it. Smooth as butter pull, but when I put the screws in the problem was back. I noticed the hole in the trigger where the frame pin inserts was pretty sloppy so swapped triggers and it worked with screws in. May have had nothing to do with it but it works at the moment. One thing for sure, I’m getting really good at taking it apart and putting it back together.

February 15, 2020
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Keep us posted on how it cycles at the range

I don’t know how many times it worked fine at home and when I live fired it the trigger wouldn’t return.

But I am going to check my trigger now.

Thanks

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