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Roger Owens
HD Military Problems
Tue Sep 4, 2018 10:31
99.197.247.33

I have a HD Military (1947 vintage)with problems. The magazine has about 1/32" play up and down. If I hold up the magazine while firing it feeds OK if not it jams. This happens on both magazines that I own and both magazines work fine in a JC Higgins model 80. I'm thinking about replacing the magazine catch? I also get light strikes and have to cock and strike 2-3 times to get round to go off. The hammer has wear on the right side like it rubs and the spring seems strong. I can not pull back the slide without first cocking the hammer. I purchased this pistol at an auction so I do not know the history. I have not replaced any springs or other parts. What is the procedure for checking the firing pin? It also, sometimes, it does not fully close when it loads a round. I've tried several brands of ammo with same results. On the positive side it ejects with authority. Thanks for any help.

    • Model H-D MiliotaryJohn J. Stimson, II, Tue Sep 4 11:12
      Hello Roger, A magazine that will work in a Dura-Matic or Model 80 would not be a magazine that was originalto your Model H-D Military. Note the Dura-Matic used a pocket in the left side of the... more
      • HD MilitaryRoger Owens, Tue Sep 4 16:08
        Hello John, Is the pad driving spring what Numrich calls a "retracting rod spring"? If so mine appears to have been kinked at some time. Should I check the firing pin for overall length or amount... more
        • Model H-D MilitaryJohn J Stimson, II, Wed Sep 5 09:56
          Hello Roger, A retracting rod spring and a driving spring are the same. If kinked it needs replacing. Numrich sometimes sends you what you want and sometimes not. The firing pins were generally... more
          • HD MilitaryRoger Owens, Wed Sep 5 22:08
            Good evening John, My magazine looks like the left one in your picture. So I guess I need to find a magazine. Any ideas where I can get a magazine and where would you suggest I look for a driving... more
            • springWayne Davis, Fri Sep 7 11:03
              Wolff gunsprings.com sells the spring you need for your pistol. Be sure to cut the spring to 40 coils before installing it. Original magazines can be found on eBay from time to time. Expect to pay... more
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