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Re: How To Tell If My 1873 Trap Door Can Actually Be Fired

Posted by Ernie Brandt on Sunday, 4 October 2009, at 9:02 p.m., in response to Re: How To Tell If My 1873 Trap Door Can Actually Be Fired, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 4 October 2009, at 4:09 p.m.


It also depends on what ammunition you plan to use in the TD. Never, Never, Never fire Modern "factory" loads in your TD. Always look to see if the box is marked "for Cowboy Action" or that the loads are labeled as "reduced" loads for black powder arms. There are several manufacturers of ammunition for the older weapons.

Dick is 100% correct about "testing" any weapon that you do not have full confidence in. Set it in a tire rest or tie it to a tree, whatever, and give it a try.

Things to look for: When you snap the action closed you cannot move the breech block side to side or there is no up & down movement of the block. Check the hammer to firing pin alignment. With a snap cap in the chamber, dry fire the weapon to test the trigger pull. Dose it take "average" effort to release the hammer or did the trigger release seem to be light?

Things to do: Thoroughly clean the bore with a wire brush & Solvent. Prior to firing wipe the bore with a clean patch (no oil).


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