I have an old Springfield model 940E single shot .410 that I want to give to my nephew. This is one of the side lever to open action models. The problem is the hammer is loose. except when cocked. Uncocked, one can wiggle it front to back and side to side. But it locks up tight when cocked. And fires normally/reliably.
My guess is that the pin that holds the hammer, and/or the hole through the hammer through which the pin goes, are worn. Numrich Arms list both parts. http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Det ... &catid=955
My questions are:
Apparently the 940E was offered in all gauges. Would the same hammer & pin work in all models. IE: the .410?
Can someone provide me with a step by step process to change them out? I've done a fair amount of kitchen table gunsmithing. But like to try to obtain as much tech info as possible. It appears it shouldn't be too hard. But the springs on these might be tricky.
Any help appreciated. I would like to know the gun is absolutely safe for my nephew to use.