This Rekord trigger blade has been broken at the pivot hole.
This report covers:
- Back story
- Vintage Rekord rear triggerguard screw hole
- No fit?
- What rifle?
Today we look at replacing a Rekord trigger blade with a steel setback blade from T. R. Robb. There is a lot to learn today so try to follow along.
I recently received a vintage Weihrauch air rifle that I will tell you about in the future. When I looked at the barreled action that came from the shipping box, the trigger blade was flopping around in an uncharacteristic way. I examined it and saw what you see in the first photo. The hole where the pivot pin passes through has split open! I have never seen this in my 40 years of looking at Rekord triggers. Apparently it happens, though I don’t know how.
There are several places that sell factory Rekord trigger blades, but because this one was broken and I had to fix it anyway I decided to go with the steel setback trigger blade from T.R. Robb in the UK. It was in my mailbox a week after I ordered it.
The kit contained the steel trigger blade (stronger than the alloy Weihrauch blade that broke) two washers to eliminate sideplay, a packet of grease and a funny little screw that I have no idea what to do with. It was missing just one thing — an Englishman to put it all together for me. Well — how hard could it be? Famous last words!
The setback trigger and the two washers that take up sideplay.
Vintage Rekord rear triggerguard screw hole
Before we look at the installation, the Rekord in this vintage airgun is also vintage. Instead of the nut that slips into the trigger box to accept the rear triggerguard screw, this one has the threaded hole I told you about. Let’s see.
The rear triggerguard screw hole is threaded in the sheetmetal box.
Underside of the same hole.
To put the washers into the trigger box with the new blade I used the grease to stick them to the side of the trigger blade.
The washers are stuck to the trigger blade with grease. That silver screw below came in the kit and I’m still figuring it out. I think it replaces the trigger adjustment screw, but it’s smaller and I don’t yet know where it goes.
And this is where the trigger blade and two washers go.
When I tried to install the trigger in the trigger box with the washers, it didn’t fit. And one washer is almost twice as thick as the other. Ahh — so that’s why there is also a piece of fine sandpaper in the kit!
It only took a few minutes to reduce the thickness of one washer so they both fit inside the trigger box with the trigger blade.
I won’t lie and tell you this job was easy. It took me 90 minutes to get the blade in the trigger box and the rifle firing as it should. I still have some adjustment work to do, but the rifle does fire as it should, so the job was a success.
Oh, you want to know what rifle this trigger belongs to? Well, let’s take a look.
On this side the rifle looks like an HW35.
While on this side we can see it’s an HW 54EL — a Barakuda — an ether-injected breakbarrel that attempted to break the sound barrier with .22-caliber pellets through detonation.
Yes, this is an HW 54EL, ether-injected breakbarrel from the 1950s and ’60s — a Barakuda! It is the rifle for which the .22-caliber H&N Baracuda pellet was created, And now that the trigger is fixed I guess I’ll have to review it for you.
Today we have seen a weakness in the Rekord trigger. We have also seen what it takes to fix it. I hope it was of some benefit.