After popular demand from various websites, I have decided to make an Instructable on the steps of putting this cursed revolver back together. Like many others, I too was curious to see how the mechanism worked. Needless to say, the small spring popped out of the revolver as soon as I opened it. This caused a great deal of confusion and resulted in me spending upwards of 4 hours trying to put it back together. I was finally able to, and decided I would repeat the process again to get practice so that I'd be able to photograph the steps and put them on line. Here they are. (I still haven't figured out how to fix the chamber) Oh, and please bear with the crap photos, my phone was the easiest thing to handle while trying to hold everything together.
The tools you need:
Denix colt Navy 1861 (duh.)
Two rather small screwdrivers (ones that would fit snug in the holes)
A screwdriver for the actual screws
10 fingers and thumbs
Patience (most important tool)
Optional: a small pvc saw to deepen the crevice in the ratchet
Step 1: Step 1: the Mechanism
Make sure to place all the pieces in the right area, and also make sure that they're snug in they're positioning. That's crucial. The longer side of the spring should face outward towards the location of the chamber. The ratchet goes in the second hole on the hammer.
Step 2: Step 2: Be Patient, Now Comes the Hard Part
Optional: At this point, deepen the crevice in the ratchet. This will ensure that the spring will have a better fitting.
This part should take several minutes of trial and error, but eventually, it will work. Take the two screwdrivers and position all the parts. Put the smaller screwdriver through the trigger hole, and the larger screwdriver through the hammer whole. This will hold the internal parts together while you carry out the next step. You'll probably want to rest the gun on the screwdrivers for the next step. See the crevice in the ratchet (the small silver thing)?With your thumb, grab hold of the spring, making sure it's in the crevice tightly, and pull back. While you have the spring pulled back, attach barrel and chamber. While balancing both the barrel and chamber, as well as pulling back the ratchet with the spring, slowly lower the gun casing. Position it around the tip of the screwdrivers, with your thumb still in between the interior and the casing. If you can, get some string and position it around the ratchet and spring. If not, quickly yank your thumb from underneath, while slamming the casing shut. Same goes for using the string. The ratchet may or may not work, depending on how quickly you were able to attach the casing, but at least the hammer and trigger both work now. Hold the casing shut.
Step 3: Step 3: Finally
If you made it this far, congratulations. You deserve the medal of honor, honestly. While still holding the casing together, yank out the screwdrivers, and position the screws. Just screw the three screws in, and voila, you're done. If you still don't have control of the trigger or hammer, you did something wrong, and I'm sorry to tell you, you're going to have to go through all of that again. I hope this helped. (It better, I spent 4 hours trying to make this work :/).