Questions: AR15 firing pin retaining pin

Discussion in 'How to' started by Verbal101, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Verbal101

    Verbal101 Active Member

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    I just field stripped my AR15 for the first time. All I did was remove the bolt & carrier group, and disassemble the bolt. I used this link as a guide: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/AR-15-Field-Strip-Tutorial

    When I went to reassemble, I noticed that the firing pin retaining pin was bent. Not bent sideways, but the two prongs were misaligned. When I tried to reinsert the pin, it got stuck halfway. I was about to give up and go buy a new pin, but I must have manipulated it just right and it slid home.

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    Questions:
    1) I assume the pin isn't supposed to be bent/misaligned. Is this correct?
    2) The bolt is back together fine now, but will having a bent pin inside cause any problems? Should I replace the pin as a matter of preventative maintenance?

    Thanks
     

  2. Verbal101

    Verbal101 Active Member

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    Sorry, I should have specified - the photo is a normal one, just something I found online. I did not take a photo of mine. The two prongs on mine are pretty badly misaligned.

    If I made a phot of mine, with the pin oriented exactly like this photo, my pin would not lay flat.
     
  3. Puffyfish

    Puffyfish New Member

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    It's always a good idea to have spares. I keep an entire lower parts kit and 4 spring kits handy along with BCG's and bolts.
    Grab some at the next gunshow. :righton:

    Straighten that one back out and tap it back in for now. :righton:
     
  4. Fallschirmjäger

    Fallschirmjäger I watch the watchers

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    I got tired of fiddling with those things and went back to the original design that Stoner used; a solid pin.
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    It costs five times as much, though :? compared to the 1.25 standard pin.
     
  5. dasj

    dasj Member

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    Some are like that. You just have to fiddle with it to get it back in. Should be fine. If you're that worried, get some spares.
     
  6. nutnless220

    nutnless220 Member

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    Where do you get those solid pins, Fallschirmjäger ?
     
  7. Quest50

    Quest50 Active Member

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    I know of guys who went through basic training using a bent paper clip instead of a firing pin retaining pin. If you can get it to fit in the hole, I think you're alright.
     
  8. FmrPFCBob

    FmrPFCBob Active Member

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    When we came back from the field portion of boot camp and were cleaning our rifles at the sinks outside the barracks my firing pin retaining pin disappeared. I spent about half an hour looking for it in the grass/mud/sand/water mixture down there, it was probably the worst thing I got nailed for during my training.

    Since that experience I work at keeping a supply of spare parts for all my weapons.