Safety Detent Spring for AR-15


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DrTHE0P0LIS
January 17, 2009, 08:59 PM
Hey, all. I was putting some Hogue grips on my new AR-15 and lost the safety detent spring. Well, I didn't lose it. It just popped out and I figured it came from the hole where the grip screw drops in so I shoved it in there and tightened down the bolt. Results were... not encouraging. Anywho... no problem finding a replacement spring, but but I really don't feel like paying $8.00 to ship an $0.80 spring. Anybody know where I can order one with a reasonable shipping rate?

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Mot45acp
January 17, 2009, 09:28 PM
This will make some cry but to get by you might could use a spring from a retractable pen.


If that doesnt float your boat order one of the spare parts kits with springs n pins ($25-$40) That way if it happens again you have spares.

Bushmaster offers one as well as DPMS. I dont know if DPMS still has free shipping on orders over $25

TRGRHPY
January 17, 2009, 09:30 PM
I would check a local shop first...and spend $8 in gas instead...haha

Unless they're willing to put it in an envelope...call and ask them.

KW
January 17, 2009, 09:45 PM
A local shop might be willing to add it to a larger shop order and save you the shipping. I take it you've realized that the spring does not go in the same hole as the grip screw? There should be a small hole in the receiver, exactly the right size for the spring, that is covered by the grip when it's attached.

matrem
January 17, 2009, 10:05 PM
"to get by you might could use a spring from a retractable pen."
I will attest to that ! And I'll add that a piece of either 12 or 14 ? gauge solid copper wire works rather well as the detent. About three years and several hundred rounds later,haven't bothered to change them,even though I now have the "correct" parts on hand.
I will add.. This is NOT a "primary" weapon.

JDGray
January 17, 2009, 10:34 PM
Midway has better shipping prices, but will get you with a $3 surcharge. Still ends up close to seven bucks.

DrTHE0P0LIS
January 17, 2009, 11:18 PM
Thanks, all. Yes, KW, I did learn that the hard way. 30 minutes to remove the crushed, twisted mass from the grip screw shaft and I won't be making that mistake again.

Anyway, I just spent like 3 hours looking for the best deal. Over like $8.00. I bit the bullet and ordered it from Brownell's. Horrible price on the spring but cheap shipping. Cost was still around $8.00. Live and learn, eh?

Also, what the deal with Midway's surcharge? Thanks again for all of the help.

JDGray
January 18, 2009, 05:59 AM
Also, what the deal with Midway's surcharge?
It's only on orders under $20 or $25 bucks:scrutiny:

zoom6zoom
January 18, 2009, 01:36 PM
"to get by you might could use a spring from a retractable pen."
works fine for the buffer retainer detent spring, too. I never did get around to ordering the "real" one.

DrTHE0P0LIS
January 18, 2009, 04:37 PM
I gave the pen spring a shot but it was too big (diameter). But the spring from a Bic lighter works just fine! It's a lot less robust, a bit loose, but it works. Perhaps it was just the type of pen I tried to use. Either way, thanks for the help!

BsChoy
January 19, 2009, 08:28 AM
The pen springs seem as though they would be WAY too light a gauge for the safety detent. I'm a colt armorer and the springs for those parts are more beefy than the take down pins or the buffer tube detent.

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