i made an easy open lever

Discussion in 'Thompson' started by billy, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    the earliest contenders have hard to open frame and great triggers
    they can be converted to easy open but the trigger wont be the same
    i took a crappy dime store flashlight and cut a slot in the switch end that then end of the lever fits in
    then i mixed up some putty steel and filled that end
    i coated the lever with vaseline and stuck it on there
    it fits perfectly and is removable
    and i can open it with one finger
    this was all crap i had laying around the house


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  2. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    i need one in a diameter like a mini mag flashlight i like how they have knurled handles and it would look almost professional.
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  3. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    i put my old and new lugs side by side and honed them with a 2000 grit sanding block until they looked as identical as i could make it.
    the new springs are stiffer than the 40 year old ones. (not surprising)
    i can open them with one hand but after 30 or so shots my hands are pooped
    my wife cannot open it with one hand
    that is why i made the cheater
    the more fun /easy to use i can make this wonderfully accurate gun
    the better i like it.
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  4. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    my wife popped it open with one finger

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  5. texnmidwest

    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

    Looks like a great solution to the problem! Impressive!
  6. Shrpnl

    Shrpnl G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Well done. Good ole boy ingenuity is alive and well. ;-)
  7. 870shooter1

    870shooter1 G&G Evangelist

    Once competed with a feller that used a device to open the Contender. He had a flat piece of hard wood, with 2 dowels spaced apart to fit one in the trigger guard, and one on the tail of the guard. He just popped it in there with his off hand, levered it back and the gun opened up.

    Slick as melted butter!
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