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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.
Avoid the temptation to replace everything on your brand-new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1946 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value.
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Old 06-03-2004, 11:57 AM
jariggs77 jariggs77 is offline
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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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