S&W 442 cylinder stuck closed?

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    S&W 442 cylinder stuck closed?

    Has anyone else had this problem with the little Airweights? I now need to use needle-nosed pliers to open the cylinder by grabbing the pin that locks the end of the shell-extractor push rod.

    I'll take in to my smith today but wanted to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience.

    Thanks!

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    Check to see if the ejector rod has unscrewed at all - only takes a half turn loosening to make cylinder real tight to open. Usually they are locktited but if loosened - clean and re locktite (medium grade, blue)

    Other thing - check for any unburned powder granules under the star - that too can cause problems like this.
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    Thanks for the help, Chris. I'll go check that and report back.
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    Yep, that was it. She's back in action! I'll put some Locktite on it tonight.

    Thanks again, Chris.
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    Good news - a relief!

    Just check that from time to time.
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    Yep! Will do, Boss! :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaScout
    I'll put some Locktite on it tonight.
    Use VERY little. Doesn't take much and too much isn't good.

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    I agree. The blue stuff is stronger than you think. Glad you found the problem.

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