Taurus Model 83 in .38 Special

ETex2

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I recently sold a Taurus revolver, and the buyer brought it back saying someone told him it had a broken firing pin spring. This model has the floating frame-mounted firing pin, and it is "loose". Basically, it rattles back and forth a bit when you shake it. It will protrude maybe 1/16" sometimes from the frame. He claims the spring should keep the pin taught and it shouldn't rattle. I haven't shot it in about 3 or 4 months, but the gun has always shot fine for me. I gave him his money back since I kinda had seller's remorse anyway for selling it. I'm not worried since Taurus will fix it for free if it is broken.

Personally, I'm thinking this guy is a little nutty based on other things he's told me, but I'm wondering. Aren't these floating firing pins supposed to do that? Haven't had a chance to take it to the range yet, just wanted some opinions here. Thanks!
 

mac79912

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Sounds like his wife found out he spent money on a gun and he had to make up some excuse.LOL.I personally would never sell him anything else.The transfer bar on my 85 makes the same rattle.
 

ETex2

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I put 50 rounds through it yesterday, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. Sweet shooter and I think I'll just keep it in it's old home in the night stand. Talked to an old guy at the gun show Saturday who said it's normal for the floating firing pin to do that. His word is not gospel but that's good enough for me.
 

45tex

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A spring probably belongs in there. It would be an upgrade at least. Trust Taurus to leave it out.
 

Seabear1500

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I put 50 rounds through it yesterday, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. Sweet shooter and I think I'll just keep it in it's old home in the night stand. Talked to an old guy at the gun show Saturday who said it's normal for the floating firing pin to do that. His word is not gospel but that's good enough for me.
The pin should not stick out until fired. It is missing a spring. the rattle is the transfer bar, that is fine. Don't send the gun in, just order a spring. I would definately replace it, because it can cause the cylinder to jam. Don't ask me how I know.
 

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