Cleaning 22/45 pistol & mainspring housing stuck

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ohchiz84

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I bought a 22/45 a few weeks ago and im trying to take it apart and clean it for the first time, when I pull down on the latch the main spring housing pops out about half an inch but it wont swing out any further, I cant figure out what it is catching on. the latch at the bottom is clear of the handle so I know its not that. ive been pulling pretty hard and it still wont swing out. anyone know what im doing wrong?
 

ohchiz84

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got it I don't know what I did differently but all of a sudden it came out with ease
 

Bullseye57

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What it was caught on was the hammer strut. The hammer was not fully in the uncocked position and the strut was part way inside the mainspring housing. When you try to swing it open in this position the housing binds on the strut and will not open farther than a half an inch or so. Somehow you got the hammer to go fully forward while attempting to solve the problem and that is why you were able to finally open it.

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keep 'bulleyes' name and number handy, he is the "go to" guy with any and all of these "new" new semi auto Ruger .22's, he either will tell you , or show you a video, and as roboguy also 'posted' good info out there.......we find it far easier with the "hands on " approach, and do this at most of the gun shows we attend, folks bring them over for "help".............gotta remember READ THE MANUAL !!!
 

roboguy

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True Dan, 99.9% of the time the owners manual is the way to do things,,,, but with the Mark 2s & 3s Ruger MESSED up Big time and didn't show the right and easy way
to put these pistols back together again. According to the O.M. there are 4 different steps to put back the bolt stop pin in a Mark-----in actuality there is only ONE step that is needed and it is very fast and easy to do. Why has Ruger been putting out the wrong info all these years? You tell me. Anyway, I hope you all watch that short video I posted.
 

Bullseye57

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The video is good for those who like seeing the process first-hand. Folks can use my web help pages if they want a step-by-step process with still pictures.

What I'm finding with many of the 22/45 users is they get the very last step incorrect with the hammer strut. When this happens the strut slips off of the mainspring cap and then is pinched in between the frame and the MS housing. When they cycle the bolt the bolt sticks back and has to be manually pushed forwards and the hammer will not drop. Also, the MS housing will not open up more than about 3/8ths inch. This is due to the hammer being cocked and blocking the top of the MS housing from pivoting open as the hooked end of the MS housing strikes the back of the cocked hammer. To fix this tilt the barrel toward the floor, squeeze and hold the trigger rearward, and tap on the bolt with the palm of your hand or the handle of a mallet several times. Then all you have to do is open up the MS latch and the housing will swing open because the hammer has moved to the uncocked position by the action of the rapping and the angle of the barrel. Keep trying to seat the hammer strut on the cap until you get it right. A successful seating is demonstrated by cycling the bolt and dropping the hammer with a pull of the trigger.

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