How do you stake a bolt carrier key on an AR?


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Mulliga
December 9, 2004, 08:20 PM
How do you do it? (Preferably using tools you can purchase from Home Depot)

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Harry Tuttle
December 9, 2004, 09:46 PM
http://www.tpub.com/content/gunsandammo/TM-9-1005-249-23P/css/TM-9-1005-249-23P_91.htm

Mulliga
December 9, 2004, 09:52 PM
Can you get a center punch from Home Depot?

Harry Tuttle
December 9, 2004, 11:49 PM
yep! HD will have a center punch

The bushmaster method uses a metal chisel to strike a line of raised metal in 2 places across the hex head

Mulliga
December 10, 2004, 12:10 AM
Thanks! :)

Master Blaster
December 10, 2004, 03:31 PM
Dont get a center punch its round, the wrong shape for the job.

Get a very small cold chisel like 1/4" wide and strike a line half on the allen screw and half on the base of the carrier key after you tighten the allen screw down, The purpose is to stop the screw from turning by raising a divot that cuts across both parts.

Harry Tuttle
December 10, 2004, 11:26 PM
the -23 method is 3 strikes with a center punch on the perimeter of the hex head

The method of staking will be accomplished as pictured below. Use solid center punch, and hand hammer to stake the two carrier and key screws (2) in three places.

NMshooter
December 11, 2004, 03:15 PM
I have seen both methods. As long as the screws were tightened to spec (35 to 40 inch pounds) and they are NEW screws (do not reuse old screws) either way should work.

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