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    Posted: September-12-2020 at 6:07pm
For those of us who can't seem to use the Red Ryder levers without a bit of discomfort, or if you've "hotrodded" your innerds, there is a way to add leverage. I've successfully attached a metal cocking lever to the stock and it makes a world of difference.   Some modifications are needed but it's not a big deal as far as appearance.

Since I'm pictorally challenged, perhaps our friend Cobalt 327 could help out here.    Thanks
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Thank you Mark.   The first one wasn't quite right because I used a plastic lever and a 2 piece stock.   The second one works better with more rigidity.   

Your help is greatly appreciated

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OK !!!! Now you owe an explanation  (in detail) how you did that !!!!!
Where is the trigger spring? How did you attach the lever to the stock? etc., etc., etc !!!!
And, what's that finish on the second gun?
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Okay Marv, Let's just consider the second example. Its the one I like best.
The finish is spray paint since the stock was a pink one from a 1998 model. A Red Rider stock would have worked as well since they are the same dimension.

The trigger is the new model and the springs are contained in the trigger unit.

The lever is a metal one which has no flex in any direction and keeps the extra weight of the stock in line with the rest of the assembly. The lever is attached to the stock with two steel pins (3d finish nails) which have been drilled through the upper part of the lever loop, counter-sunk and placed into the stock. The groove in that area was filled with super glue which adheres to the metal lever. steel pins and wooden stock.

Consider the lever pivot bolt as the center of the cocking radius. Using a compass or divider it is possible to determine the swing of the stock and how much needs to be cut away to miss the trigger assembly and the fingers which "grab" the lever when closed.

The bolt and top screw holding the stock in a normal assembly can no longer be utilized. I cut the heads off of 3 screws, painted them black and super glued them over the open holes.

The finished alteration gives a very easy cocking effort and a positive alignment when returned to it's firing position.   
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Marv, check your email for something fun!
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