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55 piston seal

May 26 2012 at 11:35 AM
MDriskill  (Login MDriskill)


Response to Took the 55 apart.

I've had two HW 55's with a truly horrible-looking piston seal that had nothing but a thin flat metal washer inside the leather cup--probably the one you are referring to from my old "Burgo" post! It's hard to believe they ever left the factory like this, but after finding two identical ones I have to assume that was indeed the case. Those guns were significantly older than yours though, serials in the 140xxx range.

The seal SHOULD have a hard fiber or rubber central "plug" that fills up the inside of the cup of course. Every other 55 I've gotten into is like that, but I don't seem to have a photo to hand unfortunately.

 
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