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A frequent problem encountered with our, or in fact anyone's make of guns, is that of safely re-cocking the locks if the gun is fired when the barrels and forend are off the gun. Some people prefer to store their guns unassembled and with the hammers let forward or fired, others may just accidentally pull a trigger when the barrels are off.

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With the gun in a fired position and apart, assembly can occassionally be awkward, the barrels will go on easily but perhaps the forend will not and you are worried about breaking something. If you assemble a fired gun and carefully align the forend and close it you will perhaps to use a little more pressure than normal to get it to seat. Once the forend is locked in position when you open the gun the gun will cock as normal.

If the above does not work with your detachable lock gun or if you're afraid of breaking something follow this method.

rRecocking Westley DroplocksIn order to assemble the gun the lockwork will need re-cocking meaning the hammers being put back in the 'ready to fire position', with a detachable lock gun first open the cover plate as above and rest on the edge of a table or similar, something that will not scratch the steel.

Westley Richards, droplocksWe use a rounded piece of copper but a thin piece of hardwood, plastic or brass will also work. You do not want to use steel on steel as it will scratch. Put the end of your tool in the position shown on the foot of the cocking dog. 

Westley Richards, droplock, cocking lockPush directly down with firm pressure, you will be compressing the main spring and when it reaches the correct position the sear will engage the bent and you will hear a positive click.

Westley Richards, droplock, recockingRepeat the process on the other lock.

Westley Richards Droplocks

westley Richards locks in cocked positionThe locks are now in the cocked position and the gun ready to assemble as normal.


  • Roger Rule on June 21, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Excellent explanation and good photos and easy to follow

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