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I have a 2004 KX5 and the top lever is stuck all the way to the right. It won’t release even when I attach the barrel.

Does anyone know what would cause this and how to fix it?
Hold the lever to the right. Depress the locking bolt latch in the bottom of the receiver (if you look down into the receiver it is a little rectangular shaped piece on the bottom left side) and simultaneously pull the trigger. The top lever should then ease back to center position. You almost need 3 hands to do this ,but it can be done.
 

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Hold the lever to the right. Depress the locking bolt latch in the bottom of the receiver (if you look down into the receiver it is a little rectangular shaped piece on the bottom left side) and simultaneously pull the trigger. The top lever should then ease back to center position. You almost need 3 hands to do this ,but it can be done.
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Is the release in the up position or down position? Check to see if there is something under it. There is a small spring under it to push it up and engage the locking bolt. Other than that there is really nothing else there to stop it from going down.

Last resort would be to take the trigger plate and assembly off the receiver. This removes the hammer and mainspring together in one peice.
 

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To remove trigger plate, remove the trigger guard by knocking out the retaining pin. Pull the guard post out and unscrew to the left to expose the screw that holds the post in place, or remove it completely lifting it to clear the receiver. Unscrew that exposed screw slightly, a turn or so. Remove the hex cap screw on the back right side of receiver. Knock out the post retaining pin from the top tang just enough to clear the post. Tap the bottom tang down while pushing the post forward. Reason being is the mainspring is pushing against the post and putting pressure on that top tang and it will bind. The plate should push down enough to clear the edge of the trigger plate from the receiver, and then you can pull it back to clear the front flange. You will then have clear exposure to anything you would need to see. The top lever should move freely with the bolt. To re-install, reverse steps. You have to push the post forward to get that into the top tang remember because it is pushed back slightly from the mainspring. I know, the disgustingly dirty receiver photo below is for reference only. That was a condition I inherited of a purchase. You can see the bolt latch. Make sure you do not lose the little spring under the latch, as it will move freely once removed from the receiver.

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Possible, could be that it is just not getting far enough down to pull from the notch in the underside of the bolt (below). If you remove the trigger plate and the top lever still don't move, it will most likely be the return spring and plunger catching or broken inside.

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Another possibility is there is something stuck under the front side clearance between the hammer and the trigger plate. With the lever all the way to the right, the hammer would be cocked all the way back. Remember the top lever pulling back the bolt, cocks the hammer.
 

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Thanks good info, I’m not comfortable disassembling to that extent, time for Krieghoff service. Hopefully nothings broken but it sound like their gunsmith can take it apart quickly. Should be an easy fix.
 

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Although that would not stop the top lever from going back to center.
 

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It really is not that complicated now that you know how to do it.
 

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The only set back would be not having a punch set, the metric hex, and screw driver.
 
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