Proper tools to disasemble a...........

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  1. Neil

    Neil New Member

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    Proper tools to disasemble a S&W 442 j frame revolver.
    I have tried small screwdrivers and only twist the screw heads now they're all mangled :mad: Might just have been my first gun newb mistake.
  2. CountryGunsmith

    CountryGunsmith New Member

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    I use hollow-ground screwdrivers that I have fitted to the sideplate screws. You also need a mallet with a non-marring head (plastic or whatever) to tap the grip frame to dislodge the sideplate. You might also need an ejector rod tool or at minimum some non-marring pliers to loosen the ejector rod.
  3. Pistolsmith

    Pistolsmith New Member

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    Not every gun enthusiast or gunsmith has the proper fixture to grind screw driver bits.
    Brownells have purpose fitted sets of screw driver bits for the S&W. They also have short handled drivers with magnetic or clip tips. One of the longer handles has a hole for a leverage rod so that pressure can be applied downward and torsionally at the same time to loosen the tight ones.
    You should order a set of replacement screws before you remove the damaged ones. You can order them from Brownells or from S&W Service, Parts Dep't.
    If you have a drill press, you can chuck a bit, apply hard downward pressure via the handle and torque the screw loose with a rod in the chuck key hole. I have a piece of thick hard rubber I use to hold the frame under the chuck.
  4. stash247

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    All this was good advice. Let me add; When I had kids at home, and a wife, nothing was sacred insofar as tools were concerned, and I found everything, everywhere, all the time. When my ex decided to cut some wire with a Hienkels chisel, the whole world changed. After my BP and pulse both got back below 200, I locked up ALL my dedicated tools, screwdrivers and chisels included- (1) lock, (1) key. No more buggered screws, no more split wood; shortly, not even any more adult supervision!
    If you don't have a screwdriver that fits, make, or buy, one, label or mark it, and use it for that chore ONLY.
    A screw can be replaced, only time lost, but rip into a sideplate, and the costs go up, exponentially.
    Good tools last a lifetime, and practically guarantee better results.
  5. Pistolsmith

    Pistolsmith New Member

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    Yes, good tools last a lifetime.......but not wives, sometimes. After over fifty years of being incommunicado, when she came back into my life, her first remark was: "You still have all that junk?"
    Beginning to come back to me why we parted company.
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