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Posted: 5/29/2002 8:11:33 AM EDT
A friend of mine broke the gas key on his bolt carrier.  Can the gas key be easily and safely replaced, or should he just get a new bolt carrier?

If it can be replaced, how is this done?
Link Posted: 5/29/2002 8:17:56 AM EDT
Are you sure he broke the gas key or do you mean one or both of the attachment screws sheared? I can't remember ever seeing an actual broken gas key. Either way he should be able to "fix" the carrier by removing the sheared off screws and reinstalling the key.
Link Posted: 5/29/2002 8:24:06 AM EDT
The screws are still there.  The gas key (or "bolt carrier key") actually broke in half.
Link Posted: 5/29/2002 8:25:47 AM EDT
This is WAY creepy.  I just had this happen to me this weekend.  The front bolt snapped on one of my M16 carriers.

I'm ordering a whole new carrier and will rebuild the dead one as time permits.

With full auto you can't have too many spares.
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