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Old 06-02-2004, 11:59 PM
jariggs77 jariggs77 is offline
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Installing barrel link.... Need help.




I just bought a new USGI Chrome Lined replacement barrel. The link and pin are not attached. I just ordered some GI parts from Bill Ricca, but I have no idea how to install the barrel link. Can anyone help?

For what it's worth I ordered the GI National Match link pin and standard barrel link from Bill. I wanted to keep the parts GI. I didn't know if this info would change installation procedures (Nat. match pin)

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Old 06-03-2004, 12:39 AM
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Easy. Use a bench vise (pad the jaws with strips of aluminum) as a press to carefully press the pin partway in. Align the link, carefully press the pin the rest of the way in. Absent a bench vise, you can use a hammer and punch but will need to support the barrel lug. If you can clamp it down somehow it'll be easier. Brownells sells a bench block that makes the job easier as well.
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Old 06-03-2004, 11:57 AM
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Thanks dsk, I have a vice and some aluminum barrel blocks for AR15 barrels. I should be able to get it no problem.
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Old 06-03-2004, 12:22 PM
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I think it helps to get a straight start on the pin if you put the link on the outside of the lug and use it for a guide to help keep the pin lined up and started into the hole in the lug. It's also easier to hold onto the link rather than the pin.
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