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Posted: 8/21/2004 5:43:19 PM EDT
Is it difficult to punch the pins out of the front sight?
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 7:46:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By twonami:
Is it difficult to punch the pins out of the front sight?

If you dont have a punch it is.
Link Posted: 8/21/2004 9:20:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 12:33:12 AM EDT
use a giant chunk of lead if you got it. It's dense enough to not absorb the blows and won't mar the finish of the AR. I also suggest to do it on a concrete floor. If you do it on a wood bench the bench will absorb the blows and you'll end up peening the pin over like a rivet. just align the punch on the pin, aim, and WHACK! and repeat a few times to get it started and then it should just fall out. Velocity not mass with get it going, so use a relavitely small hammer that you can really whack with. I find that with a sledge, one tends to decelerate in mid blow. Just remember WHACK!, if you tap-tap-tap, you'll peen it over like a rivet. You can also drill them out and turn the taper pin into a roll pin then tap it out. just becareful not to touch the barrel, and use the smallest bit you can. good luck.
Link Posted: 8/22/2004 9:55:56 AM EDT
I tried the small hammer whackity-whackity first, then gave up and biffed them with an 8-lb maul. They popped right out! Remember to fully support the barrel/front sight,as you are going to be getting a LOT of energy into them. I laid mine between the boards on my back deck so it couldn't roll around, and held a small tack ahmmer on the pins while a friend swung the maul. One pin took several thumps, the other just popped right out.
This was after a lot of whackitywhackitywhackitywhackity with the small hammer.

Don't use force, get a bigger hammer!

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