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Old 01-18-2004, 09:57 AM
Ship A'Hoy Ship A'Hoy is offline
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Staking hammer strut pin?




OK who out there understands the procedure for staking a hammer strut pin and what tools are required? What concerns are there to watch out for? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-18-2004, 11:58 AM
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I got the impression from threads on this forum regarding hammer strut pins that many do not stake the pin. It's been explained that there isn't a need to stake the pin - most are a tight fit and the only problem is losing the pin when you disasemble the gun. Others say the pin can drag on the frame slowing the hammer fall.

All that said, I stake my hammer strut pins.

The advice I got about how to stake was use a sharp center punch and dimple the pin close to the junction of the pin and hammer once on each side. I also lightly stone the pin after I stake it to ensure the dimple isn't going to touch the frame.

There's my 2 cents.
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:44 PM
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Art is right in that you really don't need to stake that pin. However, if you want to, just use a sharp punch and move a little metal from the hammer into the pin. Do both sides and then stone off any raised metal. I wouldn't recommend trying to stake the pin itself...it's HARD!.
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:19 AM
Ship A'Hoy Ship A'Hoy is offline
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Which stone

Art, could you recommend a stone to use? I'm such a newbie I don't own any stones or files yet. I've seen hundreds in Brownells catalog but can't decide which ones I need. Thanks.
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Old 01-20-2004, 10:29 AM
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You could use a hard or med Arkansas stone you use to sharpen knives.

or you could use 400 or 600 wet dry paper ( the black paper used by auto body guys- available in any hardware store) laid on a very smooth, flat surface.

You're just trying to flatten out the dimple so it doesn't rub on the frame. It's a very small amount of material you might have to remove.

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Old 01-20-2004, 06:40 PM
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Both that pin and the link pin can be rounded a little on the ends so the metal from the hammer/barrel can be driven over the round part to hold the pins in place. Once done, it should never have to be done again, and you won't lose parts.

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