Smith & Wesson 22a Firing Pin Removal, Cleaning &
How Do You Remove the Firing Pin From A Smith & Wesson 22a
Pistol? It's easy and requires no special tools or equipment. I
would recommend cleaning it after each 3,000 rounds fired through the gun.
My gun went through 5,800 rounds before I had a failure due to the pin being
How To Remove The Firing Pin From A Smith & Wesson 22a Pistol
Remove the slide from the pistol per
field stripping instructions.
Turn the slide upside down and place over the edge of a
table or counter top such that the black plastic insert that holds
the firing pin assembly will fall free when pushed out.
Take a punch or screwdriver and gently push/tap the bottom of the
black plastic insert to push it out the top of the slide. There is
nothing holding it in but friction. Be careful not to damage the the
insert by hitting it too hard.
This the the black plastic insert that holds the pin and
spring. It is shown her protruding out of the slide after being
pushed up from the bottom.
Remove the black plastic insert from the slide. Wiggle it
back and forth until it comes out or push from the bottom.
I used an old dull edged screwdriver to push it out from the bottom
of the slide.
Failure after 5800 rounds.
Zoom in to see the crude and dirt on the firing pin after have shot
5,800 rounds without being cleaned.
This is the retainer pin. It holds the assembly together.
To remove it slightly depress the pin and hold the assembly
side-wards. The pin should fall out by itself. If it doesn't push it
out from the side with a small punch.
This picture shows the orientation of the pin with respect
to the black plastic insert. It also shows the retainer pin.
|Disassembled view showing
all parts removed.
Clean all parts. Do not lubricate.
- Slide spring into slot of plastic insert.
- Insert firing pin into it's slot.
- Depress the end of pin to slightly compress spring so that
retaining pin hole in the firing pin lines up with retainer hole in
plastic insert, then insert retainer pin.
- Keep the assembly upright and test that it functions properly by
depressing the back of the firing pin a few times. Be careful not to
tip it or the retainer pin may come out when you are depressing the
|Orientation of the cleaned
assembly with the slide.
Reinstall assembly into the slide by gently pushing it into the top
of the slide as shown. Make sure it is pushed all the way down. You
may have to tap it gently with a small hammer to get it down all the
Refer to picture #1 to see how far down it goes.
Broken Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Firing Pin Spring.
Comments & Questions
Need A Slide Insert For A Smith & Wesson 22a
November 24, 2011
Hi all, where can I buy this part (Slide Insert)? I am from Germany
and have no chance to find it here. Best to all
Response - Al,
When I needed parts for my 22a I emailed Smith & Wesson and they sent them
to me free.
Smith & Wesson Customer Service:
Tel 800-3310852 or 413-781-8300 ext 2905
Maybe they can help you.
Hi Tanner, thank you for the quick answer. I will try to come in contact
with S&W. Best wishes to you.
Smith & Wesson 22a Extractor
February 07, 2011
In the first picture it appears that the shell extractor has been removed.
Do I need to remove the extractor first before trying to remove the firing
Response - Rob,
No. If you zoom in on the picture you will see it's still there. I never
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