A. Because you have messed with the hammer plunger, spring and retaining pin, assemble those first and check operation, notice the the plunger side cut, you need about or most of the distance in movement.
1. Cylinder Bolt and plunger and spring are good? Install the three parts and screw the grip frame on. To check operation just push on the bolt and make sure it operating, clearing the window and coming back up, check by applying pressure with a small screw driver.
pulling the hammer back does it pull the bolt below or level to the window and snaps back When the plunger slips off the back of the bolt.
Sometimes when it cocks once but not again the bolt plunger & bolt are miss aligned.
2. Now add the hammer to to mix. No trigger yet, does the hammer and bolt operate correctly?
3. Now add the hammer spring & strut assembly, still working….
4. Add the the trigger….
5. Add the gate and spring. this is another part that can bind up, so watch for it.
6. Add the transfer bar No cylinder pin just keep the barrel pointed up.
7. Now the Cylinder pin.
8. pawl, plunger & spring.
9. Now the Cylinder.
it’s a lot of on and off but you will see what’s giving you fits. you don’t need to use all 5 grip frame screws, in fact just use the front screw, (always first) short bottom screw and opposite back screw. No need to tighten with any tourque until final assembly. in fact I always leave the hammer retaining screw last, To make sure I get the hammer pin in correct with the screw.
FWIW: I always use the the 3 shortest screws in this process.
if you try and do all this at one sitting when frustrated, it can be overwhelming, take you time and enjoy the process of figuring out what the hang up is.