I recently saved several old handguns from the bottom of my dads tool chest. An early S&W M1917 Army that someone took a torch and cut the frame in front of the trigger (painful…) A pre WWII H&R M5 flare gun, that someone hit the barrel with a sledge hammer
. And a Iver Johnson Model 66 .22 revolver that appears to have been assembled improperly, then used as a toy (looks like the hammer was dropped on a incorrectly indexed cylinder about a million times).
The S&W and H&R aren’t salvageable (fireable), but the action still works. I’ll proudly hang them in my collection.
The Iver Moldel 66 appears to be complete and in fairly good condition. I’d like to get it back in fireable condition.
The trigger does not reset to the full forward position.
The cylinder does not rotate (index) correctly.
I have a good exploded view drawing of the Model 66 and all parts appear to be intact. My suspicion is the trigger spring is installed incorrectly. It is sort of sitting around the trigger stop and resting in a notch in the forward end of the trigger guard. Does this sound correct?
Any other areas I should look into?
Thanks so much for any help offered.