Cleaning SP-101 this evening and one small plunger and spring dropped out - successfully retrieved!
Reminded me tho of a thought I had way back - even posted about it on THR ages ago - and had some odd responses. Guess this is guns in general really.
While every component of a gun is crucial - it strikes me that the MOST critical components are the springs! If springs did not exist we could not have guns? Yes? We take them for granted these days but IMO gun springs are simple but superb technology. Instance - the Smith leaf spring (boy are leaf springs tricky to make and temper), plus compression springs of all sizes and rates - even those simple ''one turn'' sorta music wire deals too.
How else could we impart energy to a firing mechanism - short of using a hammer, on the hammer :smile:? How would mag's feed? How would a semi self load?
I had replies before saying that springs were just ''one deal'' - so they are but IMO without springs, as I said, no gun! True too of course - no barrel=no gun. No firing pin=no gun.
Not a very important subject I'll grant you but wondered if you folks agreed, or not!
Take springs out of a gun and what do you have? - light weight club! Bottom line - if all components for a gun had been designed and made but no one had invented springs - no gun!
Let's hear it for springs - IMO the most critical and yet oft under rated component. QED! :smile:
It's ''be kind to springs'' week! :biggrin: