Field stripping a pistol is very important to keep it properly clean, and insure all the moving parts are in good working order. This should be done as part of the regular maintenance. Before getting started please remember to be safe, always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction even if it is unloaded. Always wear safety glasses when performing this kind of work.
Welcome to another edition of The Used Market. This is our spin off from The Shooting History series that focuses on some great guns that are not quite classics, but deserve more attention. These may not be highly collected but they are still great guns and can be bargains. It is possible there might still be a few of these floating around local gun shops that are new, but the vast majority of them will be used. Smith has since replaced this model with the New Victory and the two pistols do have some similarities. They are both. One of the nicest features of the 22A is how it takes down for easy cleaning and maintenance.
Smith & Wesson 22A Firing Pin Removal, Cleaning & Reassembly
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I would recommend cleaning it after each 3, rounds fired through the gun. My gun went through 5, rounds before I had a failure due to the pin being dirty. Reassembly — Slide spring into slot of plastic insert. Be careful not to tip it or the retainer pin may come out when you are depressing the firing pin.