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Posted: 8/27/2005 6:04:31 PM EDT
Well, I am stumped. I was going to replace the factory latch on my RRA with a PRI Big Latch. I used a short dimpled roll pin starter punch to no avail then beat the shit out of it with every other 1/16" punch in my somewhat ample gunsmith tool box. It ain't budged a millimeter. So now what? Do I drill it out and replace the pin, or???
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 6:38:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2005 6:41:59 PM EDT by j3_]
Most of the pins are pretty hard. May not be to easy to drill it. Tried in from both directions?
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 7:10:21 PM EDT
Yes I did...it is in there solid as a rock...didn't move in either direction...
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 7:11:29 PM EDT
I'd try heat, but...there goes the spring...
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 7:13:16 PM EDT
Put it in the freezer and try tomorrow.
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 7:31:56 PM EDT
I can do that....we'll see what happens.
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 7:47:45 AM EDT
So much for the freezer...still won't budge..guess I'll just order another handle from RRA and keep this one as is for now.
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 12:21:39 PM EDT
Wow! I've removed/replaced three different charging handle latches and didn't have one bit of trouble.

Just to be sure, but you did leave room under the pin for it to go, didn't you? Either punch it out over a hole in your work bench or elevate it some how.
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 5:37:44 PM EDT
Yessir...did that...also, the pin is very short apparently as it is probably 3/32" below both the top and bottom surface of the hole through the charging handle, and it absolutely won't move in either direction..I've punched out a lot of pins in my life, and was a machinist for a couple of years, but this is a real booger bear!
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 6:56:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/28/2005 6:57:41 PM EDT by eklikwhoa]
all the pins i have removed have been short but long enough to hold the latch in place.

i place the handle on a stool that has a cutout in it and place it on the stool so the pin is over the hole. then i insert the punch in the recessed pin hole and whack it. the recessed pin hole helps align the punch to prevent slippage imo.

i did replace one today on a colt 6450 which was much tighter than any of my bushmaster's, rra's and so on's but still went smoothly.

if the punch doesnt fit in the recessed hole where the pin doesnt go all the way through then the punch it too big.
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 7:20:48 PM EDT
They were all 1/16" punches....including Brownell's roll pin punches, and I had the ch supported on either side of the hole to assure there was clearance for the pin to come out...you can imagine my frustration!!!
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 8:10:08 PM EDT
i have nothing then
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 8:44:23 PM EDT
I appreciate your input...thanks for tryin'....
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 11:49:35 PM EDT
could you post pics of your problem?

seems real odd to me that the pin is causing you problems
Link Posted: 8/29/2005 8:45:33 AM EDT
Wish I could, but don't have that capability. I just ordered a stripped CH from RRa, so I'll just keep this one as a spare...
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