Hello I took apart my model 55 last night and cleaned it. The ramp will not go back down. Not even flush with the barrel let alone depress into the barrel anymore. I wonder if it has to do with how I assembled the trigger I have a copy of the manual found on previous posts. any idea what I am doing wrong? I have taken the trigger apart multiple times with no luck. It’s difficult to reassemble the trigger. If it’s not the trigger I don’t want to waste my time on it anymore. Thanks
October 3, 2021
I am just a guest but I may have some answers to this frustrated guest re. re-installing the cover and the trigger group since I had to learn it today – the hard way.
For the Cover:It needs to be returned with the barrel removed from the receiver. Enter the the pin end first from below and bring the lower end of the pin-bearing “hook” into the groove of the (retracted i.e. “safety on”) Extractor. That hook needs to be pushed further back against the the Extractor pin for the front end of the cover to clear the front rim of the loading port. That is hard to do pushing with the flimsy plastic cover at an awkward angle against the already compressed Extractor spring. I was able to make room with a punch inserted vertically from above into the extractor groove ahead of the “hooked” end of the plastic cover and pulling the extractor pin a little further in. That allows to easily place the cover into the horizontal position (ideally with index from below and thump from the top of the receiver).
Sorry for the complexity of my “instructions”. I think that otherwise ingenious cover and design and the even more complex trigger group are at least partly responsible for the limited commercial success of the Model 55 .22cal and have frustrated more seasoned gun buffs than myself.
If you still need help with the re-assembly of the trigger group (where I made several mistakes but now have it down “pat”) let me know, I have good pictures (if not desired as part of this post I can send via Email)
Jon Helberg said
Email me and I will send you a copy of the original 8 page owner’s manual with Disassembly/Assembly instructions and a parts schematic.
I haven’t been able to locate an email address for you. I would very much like a copy of that manual. I’m the third generation owner of a Model 55 that came from a traveling carnival in East Texas/West Louisiana. The story goes that my Grandfather, William Anton (W.A.) Lanagan, used to run a Target Shooting Gallery in the carnival as a young man, and somehow ended up with one of the rifles which he later gave to his middle son, my father, James Michael (Mike) Lanagan. I never had the pleasure of meeting my grandfather, but when I was a boy, my dad gave the rifle to me. It does have a cracked stock (at the point where the slide handle would be pulled back and contact the stock) that appears to have been repaired at some point. It is working, and beautifully I might add. It is extremely accurate, so much so that I have never once not hit whatever I’ve aimed it at. It is long over due for a deep cleaning and would like to break it down and revive it as best I’m able. Thanks in advance.
Yes, memory was bass ackward.
Thanks for the image of the manual. Unfortunately I still have not been able to separate the receiver from the barrel. With the pin out, even after trying to get some oil down in there, they still won’t budge apart more than a couple millimeters at most. I fear that the barrel steel is swollen at the breach, and even if I do get them apart, they’ll likely never go back together. Oh well…at least it still shoots great and is in otherwise great shape apart from the slide being broken. I’ll just keep using a screwdriver or whatever’s handy to cock it after a dry or mis-fire.