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Posted: 9/13/2004 4:40:30 PM EST
I have a 16" carbine I'd like to rebarrel and put a float tube on. I've been looking at what it would take in terms of tools, parts, and procedure to do this. I've read the thread tacked at the top of this forum about how to rebarrel with regular handguards/delta-ring, and that seems fairly easy. I have no idea how to install a V Match float tube, however, other than what Bushmaster says on their web page about having to remove the front sight post.

If the new barel I get has a milled front sight post, do I have to remove the front sight post to get the barrel and tube on?
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 7:31:27 AM EST
BTT
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 12:08:28 PM EST
i would like to know as well...im planning on getting same forearm.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:33:43 PM EST
Yes,

The pinned front sights have to be removed before installing a free float tube.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 4:06:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By long-rifle-tactical:
Yes,

The pinned front sights have to be removed before installing a free float tube.



Ironic...I'm trying to install on right now. I just took off the barrel and gas tube, ect. I realized the only way is to remove the front sight/gas tube. How in the hell do you get this thing off?
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 5:28:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By patrickcudd:

Originally Posted By long-rifle-tactical:
Yes,

The pinned front sights have to be removed before installing a free float tube.



Ironic...I'm trying to install on right now. I just took off the barrel and gas tube, ect. I realized the only way is to remove the front sight/gas tube. How in the hell do you get this thing off?



Do you have a regular front sight, or a milled front sight (just a gas block)?
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 6:03:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2004 6:03:29 PM EST by patrickcudd]

Originally Posted By Q-Man:

Originally Posted By patrickcudd:

Originally Posted By long-rifle-tactical:
Yes,

The pinned front sights have to be removed before installing a free float tube.



Ironic...I'm trying to install on right now. I just took off the barrel and gas tube, ect. I realized the only way is to remove the front sight/gas tube. How in the hell do you get this thing off?



Do you have a regular front sight, or a milled front sight (just a gas block)?



regular front sight on a colt Match Competiion HBAR II Post 94, pre 04 ().
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 6:11:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/14/2004 6:12:57 PM EST by hispeedal2]
I think that the BM is a two piece tube- if it is- you have to remove the comp or FH (may need a smith's help) remove the front sight tower (bang out the taper pins-it sucks), remove barrel nut and delta ring assbly, slide on rear part of FF tube, torque to 35#+, line up holes for gas tube, screw on front part of FF tube, install gas tube, install sight tower, install FH or comp.
That is it in a nut shell.
One big run on sentnce.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 1:45:07 PM EST
The Bushmaster V Match float tube is a one piece tube.

I think I see now why you have to take off the front sight milled or not: you have to slip the barrel into the tube and the front sight / gas block must clear the hole in the rear of the tube.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 3:04:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 2:46:05 PM EST by long-rifle-tactical]
When removing the front sight pins, remember to go from left side to right side since they are taper pins. You may want to look for Mongo's post for removing the pins.

Info here

mongo001 is a very good at taking the taper pins out.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 4:28:00 PM EST
www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=4&t=201469&page=1

I havent done a Vmatch tube, but I imagine they are similar, except might require a strap wrench to remove/install.... as many models are one piece and need a strap wrench.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 2:49:31 PM EST

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=4&t=201469&page=1

I havent done a Vmatch tube, but I imagine they are similar, except might require a strap wrench to remove/install.... as many models are one piece and need a strap wrench.



Excellent post you have there and very well presented.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 4:10:07 PM EST
The v-match tube is Bushy's cheaper "one piece" tube, and yes you will have to remove everything off the barrel to get the FF tube on. I dremel off the small ends of the taper pins first and then "push" out the pins instead of beating on the FSB/barrel, I don't like beating on barrels. I had a boss who told me to do that all the time, and I hated it. I install the FF tube with grease on the threads and two people twisting it on, even the wife/girlfriend will work, and I have never had one come loose. I used to put a couple of drops of loc-tite on it until I had to remove one for a barrel change...I also hate putting a propane torch on anodizing to remove loc-tited parts. A strap wrench works well, but how many of us have one?
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:27:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By asltrfl:
I dremel off the small ends of the taper pins first and then "push" out the pins instead of beating on the FSB/barrel, I don't like beating on barrels.



Not splitting hairs here.... but I'd like to understand this better. Why do you dremel? I fail to see how dremeling the ends will help, since the FSB is held in place across the entire surface of the taper pin.... or am I missing something?

Do you then buy new pins to put it back in place?

How do you avoid "beating" on the barrel to reinstall the FSB?

If you get some wood, and fully support the FSB while tapping out the pins, there should be zero stress on the barrel.


I install the FF tube with grease on the threads and two people twisting it on, even the wife/girlfriend will work, and I have never had one come loose. I used to put a couple of drops of loc-tite on it until I had to remove one for a barrel change...I also hate putting a propane torch on anodizing to remove loc-tited parts. A strap wrench works well, but how many of us have one?


Strap wrenches can be ordered or picked up locally for as little as $1.99:

www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=6970&langId=-1&catalogId=4006970&PHOTOS=on&productId=200306401&categoryId=0

www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=40198

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