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  1. Some assemblies should take place within a 1 or 2 gallon ziplock bag…sure makes it easier to find that tiny roll pin or spring.

    • BREAKING NEWS ALERT!!! SAFETY CAUTION!!! Friend tried the ziplock bag trick. He’s a really small stature person…..but, that bag was quite cramped……Dang near suffocated once he closed the zippy. Fortunately, his wifey was around to get him out. Almost a tragedy….

  2. Ha! I have no such problems with my SKS.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to reassemble my rifle.

    *grunt* I’m sure this trigger group will snap right into the *oof* stock with just a little bit more *urk* pressure…

  3. Trained with an M16 for 72 months, fired, cleaned & reassemble the M16.
    I never used a zip lock bag.

  4. I attended the Glock Armorers Course.

    …and I was that guy. Classroom had dark carpet too. soo embarrassed.

  5. I learned after the first one that went airborne to cover the floor in white beach towels. 5 feet in every direction. That little incident cost me an hour looking for it.

    • I lost a detent spring upon my first AR build. Dark wood flooring. But I quickly found it by “sweeping” the ground with a flashlight held horizontally an inch above the ground. The light beam bounced off the spring.

      I also saw all the dust and pet hair I hadn’t seen before, tho…

    • I once forgot to hold back the mainspring housing while taking off my Llama Extra’s barrel bushing. Took out a computer monitor. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      • Think yourself lucky it wasn’t a Vaguero firing pin. The designer must have hated infantrymen. The spring can launch that firing pin with enough force to punch through a biscuit tin and lodge into a wall.

  6. when doing front suspension work on a truck, great care should be had or this might be what happens.

    Safety First!

        • i remember the life mag cover image of mom in her gorgeous gingham (nod to van vliet) bursting out the kitchen screen door to find her husband and son decapitated both. use the cage.
          we would seat atv tires by igniting propane within.
          but we also filled hefty bags with acetylene… good thing i knew glasing.

      • Strut assemblies, yes, and they are dangerous enough. Thankfully, no more split rims around here any more. The building that houses our shop began life as a JC Penney service center some 60 years ago, and there is a spot where the roof had been repaired in the early days.

  7. This is how SpaceX really makes money: resale of detent springs (and other small, fiddly and highly compressed springs found on firearms) that have been retrieved from low earth orbit.

  8. I made the mistake of getting an AK as my first rifle, then built an AR later. I was so confused, puzzled, and baffled at all teeny pieces and why there was so many of them! I remember thinking how silly it was, coming from working with AKs built of 20 different parts and half are riveted together. XD

  9. Trained with the M1 Garand, M14, M16, and M4. All of which I can still break down and re-assemble blindfolded. As well as the various AK rifles. Thank You Sgt. Major. Even all these years later, there are still bite marks on my backside for being a little slow, or letting a spring or pin get away from me.

  10. Trouble getting Ruger Mark II’s back together, launching springs out of AR’s. Both of these are really not issues…

    Want a challenging gun to detail strip and put back together? Go into a Beretta 92/M9.

    AR’s are a cakewalk. Really, they are. It helps to use the right tools, but it also helps to learn some proper techniques to prevent launching springs.

    • DG, you’re the right guy to ask this question –

      Bought a new Ruger Takedown 10/22, their ‘tactical’ model, supposedly, that Ruger claims is threaded with a standard 1/2 x 28. As delivered, it has a flash hider threaded there. It looks like this :

      How in the HELL do I un-thread the flash hider? Muscle doesn’t do it, it was suggested in here boiling water might soften the glue. Nope. I tried a heat gun, no dice.

      Any ideas? Is it a reverse thread?

      • Many of these threaded-on muzzle brakes and flash suppressors have been put on with a locking compound. If I can’t get them to “give” with a reasonable amount of force, then I take a propane torch to them and get them up to about 500F.

        NB that many people do NOT have the proper tools to hold onto the barrel properly, and they end up making a hash of it, treating a barrel as if it were a piece of plumbing pipe…

  11. I’m thinking of turning my gun bench area into a white room. Currently brown paneling and brown shag carpet, in a finished part of the basement. Before I lose all my hair. The Real Avid pivot pin tool (or the like) really helps, but I have more than ARs.

    • “Iโ€™m thinking of turning my gun bench area into a white room.”

      I know a jeweler that owned a pawn shop that did that, and he never lost a tiny part or bit of gold that way.

      Gloss white garage epoxy paint with a bit of ‘shark skin’ added to it for traction…

  12. I don’t tear my ARs down to the point of losing a detent or detent spring all that often but as a fairly active builder I’ve been smart enough to keep several extras on hand, especially when you consider the price of “inventory”. And they’re good for some other purposes as well- this morning I cut one up to make some tiny spring-type electric contact points for an electronic collar I had apart.

  13. Ok, ok, I have one to top all the lost spring stories. I bought one of those Aero lowers that has the 4-40 set screws for the rear take down spring and detent. I still lost that. It took me like 2 hours to find it. All for what, after assembly im.never going to change out that end plate or takedown pins…๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚

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