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Re: Correct firing pin in my carbine?

Posted by John on Saturday, 12 December 2009, at 2:10 p.m., in response to Correct firing pin in my carbine?, posted by Ron Ketcham on Friday, 11 December 2009, at 7:51 p.m.

I cannot comment on the correctness issue.

The stuck firing pin is usually the result of the hole at the rear of the breech block being slightly deformed from the hammer striking it. Sometimes it can be overcome by using a small needle file to remove a bit of peened over metal from the block that is now obstructing the hole for the firing pin. Tough to do with the firing pin still in place, but if it is not too bad and you are patient, it can be done (sometimes). Not advised for a high grade collector prize, but for a shooter it will not really mess up anything. You can also try to force the firing pin out by using a small punch to tap against the tip of the firing pin (in the same direct the pin is oriented, not square to the face of the block!). This risks messing up the tip of the firing pin if you get carried away, but firing pins are cheap to replace----assuming you can get the old one out!


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