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Re: Non-Custer Carbines SN check

Posted by JasonZ in MO on Friday, 12 November 2010, at 12:44 a.m., in response to Re: Non-Custer Carbines SN check, posted by Pete Nelson on Thursday, 11 November 2010, at 6:56 p.m.

PETE!

WOW, you really can answer a question. You left no firing pin unturned! I appreciate the time you took to put this together. The evolution of something as simple as the firing pin is actually an interesting story.

The two guns I have both had pin issues. You know the story about the rifle but the carbine had the pin rusted solid. I had to drill out the retaining screw but the pin still wouldn't budge. I soaked in penatrating oil, light heat, still no movement. At this point I didn't have much choice so I used more heat. Eventually, I got some very slight movement and the pin finally gave it up. However, not before I damaged the finish of the block. My first lesson, carve a holding fixture for the block and other parts. For both pins I had to ream the bore so the shank of the pin would pass out of the bore. The hammer had mushroomed the bore to a slightly smaller diameter.

My success story for the carbine was being able to drill out 4 broken screws. The hammer screw, firing pin retainer, and the two rear site screws and I missed the threads on all 4.

Been a busy day, working on a problem with one of our clients in Bangkok. So much for my vacation day today!


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