Tips for removing M1 Carbine gas piston?


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Ratzinger_p38
March 7, 2008, 09:19 PM
WITHOUT the wrench. Yes, I dont have the gas piston wrench, I will get one in a week or so if no one can help me out.

The nut for the gas piston will not budge. I tried using a punch to loosen it but nada.

Tips? Tricks to this? Ive heard of it being done.

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SlamFire1
March 7, 2008, 09:30 PM
Get the wrench. I looked at my carbines and decided the wrench was the proper way to go.

When you are hitting the nut with a punch, you are applying a hard shock load, one that is hard on everything.

Soak the piston/nut with Kroil, use the wrench, and get the nut off. My recollection is that I used antiseize grease when I put the nut back on.

Trebor
March 8, 2008, 02:59 AM
I agree. Use the wrench or risk messing up your gun.

dscottw88
March 8, 2008, 04:13 AM
Unknowingly, I wasn't aware of a "carbine piston nut wrench" and just used a pair of needle-nose to get it. I didn't harm anything in the process, but I didn't ever wanna risk it again so I ordered one. Thing works like a charm!

Bwana John
March 8, 2008, 09:21 AM
You can make a wrench using a old socket the correct size and a dremmil tool.

Remember the nut is staked in and not ment to be repeatadly taken on and off.

dogrunner
March 8, 2008, 01:20 PM
I was just gonna mention the staking BJ. Wait till you get that wrench unless you've sufficient expertise to make one with the proper lugs to engage the slots evenly.....DO re-stake it as otherwise it'l sure work loose.


I've owned an M/2 for over forty years and when I first began to use cast bullets I pulled mine down just to see of the tales of leading had any basis ( they DON'T) and unless you have a real reason to pull that nut and piston I most strongly recommend you leave it alone.

GBExpat
March 8, 2008, 01:26 PM
Get a proper wrench.

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