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Weihrauch HW 97 Bear Trap Springs - Info please

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Pat McCabe, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Pat McCabe

    Pat McCabe Member

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    Following a decision to replace the mainspring of my Weihrauch HW97, when stripping the gun down, the bear trap spring was found to be broken. The gun had been working fine and there had been no warning signs that there was any problem with this spring.
    Having visited the TW Chambers website, I observed that bear trap springs for Weihrauch Models seemed to be generally out of stock.

    1) Am I correct in assuming that breaking of these springs is quite a common problem?

    2) Apart from regular stripping down of the gun, are there any tell tale signs that a bear trap spring has broken, because it had not stopped the gun from appearing to be working perfectly ?

    3) I know that it is a safety feature but what is the actual purpose of the bear trap spring as a broken one did not seem to have any effect on the general use of the gun?


    Many thanks,


    Pat
     
  2. Rockabilly

    Rockabilly Big Poster

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    the bear trap on a 97 blocks the trigger sear from moving
    while the lever is not locked in the firing position.
    it is a reliable system but does prevent you from de cocking the rifle.
    personally i would always hold the lever down under pressure whilst loading the rifle.
    i have never heard of the beartrap breaking.
     
  3. Pat McCabe

    Pat McCabe Member

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    Many thanks for the info.
     
  4. Leeman

    Leeman Busy Member

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    1) Am I correct in assuming that breaking of these springs is quite a common problem?


    You have in my opinion one of the best springers around. I think it was you bad luck to purchase one that was installed with a faulty spring to begin with as this rifles hardly have any problems and weakness.
    The reason Chambers is out of stock is because probably they do not order many springs for them.
    Eventually all springs have to be replaced as they lose power.
    Change the spring and enjoy you beautiful and reliable gun.
     
  5. Pat McCabe

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    I see your point about the probable reason for Chambers having no stock. A friend has since fitted a suitable replacement. As you say, probably one of the bet springer guns around, hence my reason for also owning the HW77. I have been so impressed with Weihrauch in general that I am also the proud owner of a HW100S.
     

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