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    H & r 922

    A friend of mine gave me a H & R 922, said it was broke and wasn't worth any more than a police buy back gun. So I took it as a challenge to see what was wrong and if it could be repaired.
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    If any of you have ever disassembled any of the H&R 922,622 and other models(many use the same parts) there is no side plate to remove to watch the parts interact. You have 3 pins to remove and all the parts pull down out of the frame. Once you determine which parts need replaced(try to find them, I believe H&R quite making them in early 80's) I was able to buy some through Numrich but not all. Then they need fit, which is a lot of trial and error, assembly ( which is difficult at best) and disassembly. To reassemble you need 3 hands to hold all the parts and springs together and then slide them into the frame and manage to drive the pins back in while keeping all the parts assembled. Then test revolver for cylinder rotation, timing, lockup etc...then disassemble, determine which parts need filed/stoned, how much to trim off the pawl spring and what angle to bend the spring.

    I was able to get parts first working with cylinder removed and then with cylinder installed no go. The cylinder stop would not drop and allow the cylinder to rotate. What makes this revolver difficult to repair all parts work together trigger, pawl, pawl spring ,sear ,searspring lifter, cylinder stop and cylinder stop spring. If on part is a couple thou. too big or a spring worn or too much tension then revolver won't work. I determined the trigger was not pulling down the cylinder stop and then releasing it as it should. Installed a new trigger no go, still was acting the same. Inspecting the new trigger against the old it was undersized. the old trigger someone had ruined beyond repair. So I had one option
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    I welded up the trigger to get some more length and the reprofile it, which worked. Now the revolver works, lockup is tight, timing is perfect in SA and DA and is surprisingly accurate. It is a pretty cool little revolver, you have to pull the cylinder pin and remove the cylinder to empty the spent cases, then load it up and reinsert the cylinder. I am going to give this police buy back gun back to my buddy.

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    Wow, great work! Wish I had that kind of skill!
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    I can direct you to a load of firearms dumped in Jamaica Bay in the 70s by NYPD .Do you think your skills can resurrect any of them ? Very good job by the way !
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    Good job I wish that I also had your skill.

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    Nice work! When the guts all fell out...I would have also.
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    A mechanical mind and nimble fingers made for a fine job. Congrats.

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    Nice work

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    Well done! I have had the displeasure of working on the 622's before. Putting the action back in the gun is like balancing a Jenga game on a pencil tip.
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    I think between you, Silverstring and a few other smiths we have on here, Y'all need to put together a thread of "Worst firearm repair" stories. It would be fine to post "too far gone to resurrect" as well. I think it would give the kitchen table smiths a moment to pause when they realize it isn't as easy as they think it is.
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