Re: Uberti "New Army" Reassembly
Finally got it!
It appears that prior to re-assembling these UNA weapons, it's best to lubricate the parts. The spring part of the "Hand" which was cleaned but not lubed when attempting to install it, would bind inside the case but once lubed, a good solid jerk upward moved it and the hammer into position so the rest of the handgun assembly could take take place.
What this has shown me is that the "Hand" is the "weak link" in what is otherwise a very solid firearms design. While a very simple "technology" the "New Army" design is now well over one hundred and fifty years old but with that said, the brilliance of the individual(s) involved in the initital design and manufacture is indeed something to marvel at.