Caution - Disassembly and the LCP's hammer block

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  1. #11 Re: Caution - Disassembly and the LCP's hammer block 
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    hello...so I like to do my own gunsmithing on all my other guns, and I wanted to take apart the ruger LCP fully (which I know now I shouldn't)...I'm not concerned with warranty...after fully taking apart the LCP I struggled with getting the one spring that attaches to some sort of pivot under the hammer back on...it's a coiled "V" shaped spring (hammer catch spring)...my question is if that particular spring is susceptible to breaking, and if it does break, will that cause the gun to release the hammer and fire the gun in any way....fyi, I got it all put back together...and it works fine
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    For those of you who haven't had the LCP apart, the reason that a previous post may have advised to raise the front of the FRAME INSERT (12), is that this method "may" prevent releasing the spring pressure on the HAMMER CATCH (27). If you can do it that way, well OK then, but be aware that you'll be dealing with the spring compression from the HAMMER SPRING (25) when you do it this way, and if you hear and feel something go “pop,” that’s probably the HAMMER CATCH (27) releasing and it will need to be “reset.”

    Here's a more complete and detailed method. It’s not too complicated really, but if you’re not mechanically inclined it’s better to find a friend who is or send your LCP to Ruger and have them do it.

    1. Unload and remove the SLIDE (1) assembly. Set the slide assembly aside. Degrease the frame to prepare to work. Don't fight the lube; wipe it off as you go.

    2. Work in a well lit area where you will not lose small parts, especially springs which could go flying if you lose your grip on them. A small bench vise with protective jaws or inserts is VERY helpful while doing this and HIGHLY recommended as you’ll need 3 hands if you’re anything like me.

    3. Remove the HAMMER SPRING SEAT (34) by inserting a punch or jewelers screwdriver into the catch hole on the lower rear of the frame. Don't force it. Once you release the catch, it'll come out with simple hand force.

    4. Make a loop of a small strong wire (a straightened paper clip works very well) about 1.5” in diameter and twist the ends. Catch the bottom hook of the HAMMER SPRING (25) with this wire and insert a punch or screwdriver shaft through your wire loop. Unseat the HAMMER SPRING (25) by pulling up and remove it from the HAMMER SPRING SEAT PIN (33). Allow the spring it to retract into the frame. Remove the HAMMER SPRING PIN (33).

    5. Using a 1/8” punch, drift both FRAME INSERT PINS (29) out. They will drift in either direction.

    6. Lift out the FRAME INSERT (12) assembly. You will hear and feel the “pop” of the HAMMER CATCH (27) releasing when it unseats from the HAMMER (23) as you lift.

    WARNING: DO NOT PULL THE TRIGGER while it is out of the frame as this will unseat the TRIGGER BAR (1 and HAMMER CATCH SPRING (26).

    CAUTION: The HAMMER SPRING RETAINER PIN (22), which holds the HAMMER (23) in the frame may have a loose fit and fall out.

    7. Hold your finger over the body of the HOLD OPEN DETENT (21) spring to retain it in its housing and unseat the spring from the HOLD OPEN (19) using a pair of sharp nose tweezers or tiny jewelers screwdriver. Remove the HOLD OPEN DETENT (21) spring from its housing being careful so it won’t go flying and be lost.

    8. Slide the HOLD OPEN (19) out of its channel toward the top of the FRAME INSERT (12) and insert the new one. Be patient and don’t force it.

    9. Insert the body of the HOLD OPEN DETENT (21) spring into its housing and using a pair of sharp nose tweezers or tiny jewelers screwdriver insert the spring arm into the HOLD OPEN(19) groove. Check the operation of the HOLD OPEN (21).

    10. Using a small diameter punch or flat bladed jewelers screwdriver, move the HAMMER CATCH (27) forward and hold it there against spring pressure. Place the FRAME INSERT (12) assembly into the frame, trigger end first, and lower into place until the HAMMER (23) engages with the HAMMER CATCH (27). Remove the punch or screwdriver and fully seat the FRAME INSERT (12) assembly into the frame.

    CAUTION: Hold the FRAME INSERT (12) assembly in place until you get the FRAME INSERT PINS (29) started as the spring pressure on the HAMMER CATCH (27) may cause it to unseat.

    11. Install the two FRAME INSERT PINS (29) into the frame and lightly tap back into their holes.

    12. Install the HAMMER SPRING SEAT PIN (33) into its housing grooves on the frame. Catch the bottom hook of the HAMMER SPRING (25) with your wire loop that you made for this. Insert a punch or screwdriver shaft into this loop and pull the HAMMER SPRING (25) up and onto the HAMMER SPRING SEAT PIN (33).

    NOTE: There are two detent grooves on the HAMMER SPRING SEAT PIN (33) - use the rearward groove which will properly align the HAMMER SPRING (25) in its channel in the grip of the frame so as not to interfere with the magazine.

    13. Reinstall the HAMMER SPRING SEAT (34) and reinstall the SLIDE (1) assembly.

    14. Perform a complete operational check of the weapon. Recommend that you also test fire the weapon prior to carrying it as your carry gun, just to be sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kraigster414
    Jocko, you just saved more than a few from serious aggravation. Thank you.
    No kidding. Call me one of the "few". I've been studying the exploded diagram and reading the posts, in case I ever have to take the LCP apart. I would have missed the coat hanger and little hole part completely. That's were the experience part of all this comes in.

    On the Sig Mosquito I own you have to take light wire and secure a couple of parts together to prevent their separating or it's a real bear getting them back in during reassembly. An armorers CD would sure help.

    Mouse Guns and 22s because of their size require caution, compared to larger weapons, but as the design of the Ruger LCP is to say rather unique.
    I don't carry a weapon and look for trouble, I carry one just in case trouble finds me.
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  4. #14 Re: Caution - Disassembly and the LCP's hammer block 
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    Thank you very much for the important info! Appreciate it very much!
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    It was very frustrating when I missed the part about not taking that out. What was more frustrating is the fact that the entire internet only says: "Dont take it out" rather than telling us morons who take it out how to fix it. I'm planning to make a video about putting it back in.... It's not impossible to figure out on your own but I had a disassembled LCP for 2 weeks cause I didn't have the confidence or time to figure it out.
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    Thanks for all the great info......You guys are great mechanics...........
    Life is to short to shoot ugly guns....May Glocks live forever....
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  7. #17 Re: Caution - Disassembly and the LCP's hammer block 
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocko
    for those of you who MUST take their lcp competely all apart included taking the alloy frame off the grip, You will encounter a problem reinstalling the frame because of the hammer block which stays inside the grip and is NEVER TAKEN APART.

    When you remove the front and back frame pin (leave the middle one alone) and then take the bottom plug out of the grip and remove the hammer spirng. An easy tool to do that is to take a coat hanger and cut it about 10 inches or so long, make a finger loop in one end and a pointed hook on the others. You can use this to remove the hammer spring with ease. don't over stretch it though..

    That was the easy part. the frame will now just come out of the grip.

    to reinstall is just as easy but look on the right side of the grip that tiny little hole is there for a reason. take a nail that fits in that hole or a punch or drill bit that fits in that hole and look down inside the grip. See that hammer block. just puch it allthe way forward and then push the punch/nail/bit through that hole. that locks the hammer block forward. now just slide the alloy frame back intothe grip and as you push down on it in the back then just remove the punch/bit/nail andyou have set the hammer block correctly. Otherwise the frame willnot go into place porperly. Thats what that little hole is for. really makes it simple.
    Ok, so I screwed up and removed the pin that holds the hammer block (part 27) and the related spring (part 16) in the frame. After some fun (NOT) I think I have everything back together. Elsie seems to work just fine while testing with snap caps but can someone please answer a question to put my mind at ease. When the hammer block and spring (part 16) is installed back in the polymer frame, does the long end of the spring point downwards into the Mag well/handle of the gun? Thanks for any help you gan give me. I just want to make sure I got everything in correctly before I live fire Elsie.





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  8. #18 Re: Caution - Disassembly and the LCP's hammer block 
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    Now this is a group of posts that I will definately print out and store with the manual and hopefully it will be a waste of time...but just in case. Thanks guys
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  9. #19 Re: Caution - Disassembly and the LCP's hammer block 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailboater
    Now this is a group of posts that I will definately print out and store with the manual and hopefully it will be a waste of time...but just in case. Thanks guys
    Sailboater, that is so simple it is brilliant! What would we ever do if the ElsiePea Server crashed
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  10. #20 Re: Caution - Disassembly and the LCP's hammer block 
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    Yes, I agree. (SMACK-ing myself in the head) for not thinking of that myself.
    What an easy way to compile future notes ! !
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