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My wife has a S & W 442. She has not shot it in about 8 - 10 years, it's just been sitting in the case. Last time she shot I cleaned it and put it up. I took it out the other day and the cylinder and release button were stuck. I'm told this is an easy fix. Is this something an ameteur can do or does it need to go to a gun smith?




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Does the cylinder turn? Will the hammer cock? As said, it could be the ejector rod or just dried gunk. 

Along with removing the thumb piece and spraying there. also cock the hammer and spray into the frame. Use a good cleaner like Gun Scrubber and hose it down good. Let it sit for a while and then try it. Also check to see that the hammer is in the full rest position. If the hammer is back just a little, it blocks the cylinder release and it won't open. 

Look closely at the end of the ejector rod. Does it appear to be touching the forward lock? It shouldn't be. It should be close but not actually touching. Hold the end of the ejector and rotate the cylinder to tighten. NOTE: THIS IS A LEFT HANDED THREAD. 

Let us know if this works or not. 

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You've got some kind of internal problem. Since you say the gun has been in storage for a long time, it might just be crud or rust.  I doubt if its anything serious, but you must know what you're doing or you might make it worse. Time to pull the side plate. Plenty of videos on youtube to show how to do it correctly. If you have any doubts of your abilities at all or don't have the proper tools, take it to a gunsmith. This is not something you want to mess with unless you are very familiar with the internal workings of a S&W revolver. 

Too bad you're plumb at the other end of the state or I'd look at it for you. 

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