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My cousin has a Ruger .44 carbine built in 1973. Over twenty years ago he and a buddy were (in my cousin’s own words) really dumb and broke the infamous tab off the front of the trigger housing. It’s been sitting ever since, a bag of lonely parts in a big plastic bag with no hope for the future.

When asked, I relented and said I would see if I could help him get it fixed.

So…..I’m looking for a trigger guard housing to fit this rifle.

There were/are three variations out there:
- The earliest has the tab at the front of the housing, and does not have the button in the magazine well which allows you to unload the magazine without jacking all rounds through the chamber.
- The second has the tab at the front of the housing, and does have the button in the magazine well which allows you to unload the magazine without jacking all rounds through the chamber.
- The newest has a redesigned tab or lump at the front of the housing, and does have the button in the magazine well which allows you to unload the magazine without jacking all rounds through the chamber. This housing will require some machining on the mating surfaces in the bottom front of the steel receiver on the rifle.

The second variation is the one I need, but if all else fails the third can be made to work.
I’ve already checked with Numrich, Classic Firearms & Parts, Jack First, etc.

Anybody got a lead?
Thank you…………………….


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I Just sold one a couple months ago on Fleabay. Just keep checking and one will show up eventually.


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Originally Posted by 348winchester
I Just sold one a couple months ago on Fleabay. Just keep checking and one will show up eventually.
Thank you


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There is a father/son team in the northeast who specialize in repairing those carbines. I have spoken to them but it was years ago. Maybe someone here will know who I'm referring to and can share their info.


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Originally Posted by Dinny
There is a father/son team in the northeast who specialize in repairing those carbines. I have spoken to them but it was years ago. Maybe someone here will know who I'm referring to and can share their info.


Leroy & Jim Wisner would be who I'd try. They can fix just about anything between the two of them. They also supply parts that nobody else has. Or , try the popsicle stick fix I mentioned on the other forum.

http://www.wisnersinc.com/about-us/

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Originally Posted by Dinny
There is a father/son team in the northeast who specialize in repairing those carbines. I have spoken to them but it was years ago. Maybe someone here will know who I'm referring to and can share their info.
Thank you.
260RemGuy provided contact info for these guys to me as well.
Called them on Friday, they are checking with their machinist to see what they have available.

Originally Posted by EddieSouthgate
Leroy & Jim Wisner would be who I'd try. They can fix just about anything between the two of them. They also supply parts that nobody else has. Or , try the popsicle stick fix I mentioned on the other forum.
Thank you, I hadn't heard of these guys.
One thing I hadn't mentioned until now - in the process of 'bubba-ing' this poor, insulted rifle - my dear cousin also managed to break the bow out of the trigger guard. For that reason I'm stuck replacing the housing somehow rather than trying the popsicle stick.


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Let me know what you find. Depending on price I may get one too. Better to have and not need.


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Originally Posted by Dinny
Let me know what you find. Depending on price I may get one too. Better to have and not need.
Will do


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Epoxy???

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give Ahlmans gun shop in Minnesota a call

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Originally Posted by Aagaardsporter
Epoxy???
In conversation with those that have tried epoxy or JB Weld or something similar - they claim with the shock of recoil through the frame the repair failed.

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give Ahlmans gun shop in Minnesota a call
I have already spoken with them, nothing available. They suggested sources which I have already tried.

I checked in with the father/son team up in the northeast - they had not yet had a chance to talk with their machinist.

Thanks to all responders for their suggestions.

Fingers still crossed............


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