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Disassembling sidelocks, tips & clues, and what tools are necessary?

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I have an L & R LPR flintlock that I would like to take apart. I know that there are spring vises available and I would like to get one of those, but looking around, I see some other gizmos that appear to be necessary.

I've tools for removing the hammer and pressing it back on. And also the screw for the hammer is very wide and has a very narrow slot.

Does anyone have any experience tinkering with sidelocks, flint or hammer, and what can I expect in trying to take one apart and put it back together again?

Here is the basic procedure from L & R from their page on the subject:

1. Remove main spring: a. Hammer must be all the way down. b. Compress any spring only the amount necessary. Overstress will collapse or break it. A pair of pliers is best.
2. Remove stirrup: Take note that it hangs in the "S" position with small end in the tumbler. Any other position can cause damage! ("Z" position for left hand models only.)
3. Remove sear spring.
4. Remove sear screw and sear. (When reinstalling, tighten screw only until contact is made between bridle and sear. Then back up 1/4 turn, so sear will operate freely.)
5. Remove top bridle screw and bridle.
6. To remove the tumbler from the plate: a: Take out hammer screw. b: Using the jaws of a vise, tum the tumbler side of the plate down, with the vise jaws only far enough apart to allow the tumbler to fit freely. Now, using a punch that will just fit the square hammer hole, tap the tumbler out of the hammer. Caution: Keep track of the fly during this operation!
7. Remove fly from tumbler. (Take note of the fly's position regarding its beveled edge. It must be reinstalled in the same way.)
8. Remove frizzen spring screw and spring.
9. Remove frizzen pivot screw and frizzen.
1. Install frizzen and pivot screw.
2. Install frizzen spring and screw.
3. Install fly in tumbler. (Remember the position of the beveled edge.)
4. Install tumbler in plate.
5. Install bridle and top screw.
6. Install sear and sear spring. (Remember about screw tension.)
7. Install stirrup so that it "hangs" properly.
8. Install main spring. (Be sure tumbler is in relaxed position, as if hammer were all the way down.)
9. With pliers or properly adjusted vise grips, tum the hammer pole to the "half cock" position. Press the hammer onto the tumbler. Install the hammer screw. If the hammer is properly tight on the tumbler, it should not be necessary to do more than "finger tighten" the hammer screw.
** If you are not certain how to proceed, or if you have any questions, PLEASE don't hesitate to call.**

The first thing I am looking for is a flat driver tip that is wide enough and narrow enough for the hammer screw. Any clues for that?
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I would agree with the "Get a screwdriver and grind to fit" advice. I like the wood-handled ones in the cheapie bin at he ahrdware store - no plating, honest steel, square shanks you can put wrench on if you need extra torque.

A far as the mainspring is concerned, I would go to one of the good suppliers like Track of the Wolf and get a spring compressor. They are purpose made for the job and work well. And are not terribly expensive - .much cheaper than replacing a broken spring.
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