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Old December 2nd, 2016, 10:18 AM   #1
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Gentleman I need some help figuring out why a perfect stock will not lock up on my late model Springfield. My brother gave me a stock he picked up from the Px,MCRD San Diego,from the late 60s. I thought after refinishing, it mite slip into its body. This is not the case. I am reluctant to remove any of the stock for fear of failure. I'll try to include some pictures for your review.
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Old December 2nd, 2016, 10:21 AM   #2
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Gentleman I need some help figuring out why a perfect stock will not lock up on my late model Springfield. My brother gave me a stock he picked up from the Px,MCRD San Diego,from the late 60s. I thought after refinishing, it mite slip into its body. This is not the case. I am reluctant to remove any of the stock for fear of failure. I'll try to include some pictures for your review.
Won't lock up as in too tight to latch the trigger guard down?

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Old December 2nd, 2016, 10:22 AM   #3
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I think a picture with the trigger assembly would be helpful as well.

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Exactly I don't want to bend the trigger housing it's about an inch inch and a half from locking up

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Old December 2nd, 2016, 10:24 AM   #5
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I bought a stock from Fred's a used Springfield in excellent condition and it locks up with no problem.

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Old December 2nd, 2016, 10:27 AM   #6
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Oh, i see. So it's actually a good thing that it's tight. Armorers used to use plastic hammer to bang away to close the trigger group into the stock. I think an inch is about perfect from closing. If the Trigger assembly is more than 2" away from locking up, then there's something we can do to relieve some stock, but it's highly risky.

As far as the stock goes, the walnut stock will get compressed overtime, and it will be easier to insert the trigger assembly.

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Are you suggesting I use a hammer? I've tried a couple other stocks in a snap in with double from pressure.

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Old December 2nd, 2016, 10:40 AM   #8
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Trying to post some more pictures with the trigger group in it having difficulty
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Old December 2nd, 2016, 10:43 AM   #9
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I tap the pads on my trigger group with a rubber mallet to seat better. Usually works like a champ.

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Trying to post some more pictures with the trigger group in it having difficulty
Looks good to me. You'll probably find it will get easier. Your wood being in Florida is probably swelling a bit

You can always sands a little under where the pads hit but I'd go with nice and tight.

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I appreciate your confidence I still may take it to my armor that just can't beat on it with a hammer yet.

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Old December 2nd, 2016, 10:54 AM   #12
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If your trigger guard will make it to the tip of the trigger, it will eventually close.

Take out the trigger assembly and grease the camming lugs on the other end of the trigger guard. This will help them slide into the receiver legs.

Make sure the receiver fits flush with the top of the stock.

Tap the trigger assembly feet when you reinsert it. Push down on the receiver while you are pushing up to close the trigger guard.

If it closes, leave it sit for a week or so while the wood compresses.

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Are you suggesting I use a hammer? I've tried a couple other stocks in a snap in with double from pressure.
No. That was kinda a photo op back in ww2. Times change, methods change somewhat. Follow what Kurt said and you should be good to go.

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While you are at it, i will make one suggestion. Double check the clearance between the trigger guard and the mating surface of the stock, the space should be closing up evenly, as you close the trigger guard. If not, you may put pressure on a spot of the stock that could later cause problems.

Not very likely, but just a fyi:)

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I am grateful for your advice and it will touch the top of the trigger so I have renewed confidence. I'll post some pictures when she's all locked up this weekend. Again thanks for the advice and support.

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