I recently bought a cool old HW35 with a hand-carved stock. The gun needed an internal refreshing so I ordered a Maccari kit. The spring arrived this week and tonight I tore the gun down. I was surprised/disappointed to see that the barrel pivot shims were gone. At first, I assumed they had been lost by a previous owner. No problem, I'll order some from Maccari . . . nope, sold out! Pyramyd didn't have them either.
I search the Yellow Forum for information about other sources or possible substitutes when I see a post from Mike Driskill that says that Weihrauch didn't use the shims until the mid 1970s and when they did adopt them, they didn't make any machining changes. They just stuffed the shims in there.
So, now I'm wondering if my gun NEVER had shims.
The rifle has a 379xxx serial number. It appears old enough to be a pre-mid-70s model.
I'm assuming that it would be BEST if I could track down some shims and install them. But now, I'm thinking I'll go ahead and reassemble the rifle without shims. I'll use plenty of moly and take care when I tighten everything up.
What does the hive think about this approach?
FWIW, this is not likely to be a high use gun.
BTW, here's a picture of the old gal . . .