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Posted: 9/17/2003 1:55:26 PM EDT
I started on my first lower today, but I need help to finish it. I am having a problem with the safety selector of all things. I followed the directions on this site (extremely helpful). I installed the selector pointing up to the fire position, with the hammer cocked. The selector moved freely as stated in the directions. I then installed the selector detent, with the point towards the selector, the spring and grip. Without tightening the grip, just holding it in place, the selector would not move. I removed the grip and spring and checked the hole in the grip, reinstalled and same problem. I then removed the spring and trimmed a single coil off, reinstalled, same problem. When I removed the grip again, I noticed that the detent did not fall free from receiver. Previously I had the receiver upsidedown while installing spring and grip so I had not noticed this. I cannot get the detent out and the selector will not turn, even with grip and spring removed. Please help. I have tapped lightly on the receiver to no avail. All parts are RRA, everything else went smoothly. Please help, it is very much appreciated!

Hershey
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 2:29:30 PM EDT
When you get your detent and selector out, re assemble it without the selector installed. There may be a burr in the detent channel, keeping it from moving. Insert a punch in the selector hole and depress the detent pin a few times and see if it pops back up. I always install my selectors with the lower assembled. You can remove them by rotating it between safe and fire at a 45 degree angle and pushing it out. Installation requires depression of the detent with a punch. I hope you can get it back apart!!!! DG
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 3:26:08 PM EDT
I used a drill bit to ream the passage behind the detent in an attempt to remove any possible burrs behind it. Still no luck. I just put the lower in the freezer. I am hoping that the brass will contract more than the aluminum lower. What do you guys think? Or should I try heat? Hershey
Link Posted: 9/18/2003 8:23:21 PM EDT
He got it fixed and commented in a separate thread. [url]http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=4&t=170403[/url] From that thread...
Finally I gave it a firm talking to with a hammer and puch, figuring that as the selector was pushed out, it would push the detent out. It WORKED, out came the selector and detent.
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