The pin wont come out!


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skunkmeat42431
February 28, 2009, 07:30 PM
So a couple weeks ago I bought a NIB bushmaster. wanted to clean it before I took it out to shoot but the dang pin wont come out. the manual said to use a bullet tip, I tried and now I have a nice shiny scratch on my new rifle so Im a little peeved. Am I doing something wrong or is it supposed to be in there that tight? Thanks in advance.

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taliv
February 28, 2009, 07:42 PM
which pin?

Bobarino
February 28, 2009, 08:03 PM
i'm guessing you're talking about the takedown pins. they are in pretty tight from the factory. it may take using a plastic punch or something similar for the first few times until the loosen up a tad. i did the same thing with the bullet tip as recommended by Troy Industries for my flip down rear sight and ended up with the same result as you. try a wooden dowel, plastic stick, whatever won't scratch and gently tap it with a hammer.

Bobby

Boba Fett
February 28, 2009, 08:40 PM
the manual said to use a bullet tip, I tried and now I have a nice shiny scratch on my new rifle so Im a little peeved.

I've always thought that was such a stupid thing to put in the manual for civilian rifles. I mean, sure it works most of the time, and if you're in the field and have no other way to pop out the pins I can understand, but otherwise it's a terrible idea.


On my Rock River Arms, on the rear pin, I can just use my thumb and pop it out. The front pin is a bit more stubborn and I use either a small rubber mallet and gently tap on the pin until it loosens.

The dowel rod or something plastic is also a good idea too as Bobarino (like the name btw :D ) said. I once used the little chamber safety that came with my AR and it worked perfectly.
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Hanzerik
February 28, 2009, 09:04 PM
While you are pushing on the pin, pull the charging handle back and let it go, letting the bolt slam home a few times.

marsche
February 28, 2009, 09:08 PM
I bought a Bushmaster several years ago and it was the same thing. The take-down pins are very tight when it first comes from the factory. I used a plastic hammer to give the pin a good whack and get it loose the first time. After that, I could push them out with my finger. If you don't have a plastic hammer, use a small block of wood to brace against the pin and tap the wood with a hammer. After you get them loose the first time you won't have the problem anymore.

Davionmaximus
February 28, 2009, 09:42 PM
After the first few times she'll break in...

Bailey Guns
February 28, 2009, 11:57 PM
I just bought an upper about two weeks ago to put on a NIB Bushmaster complete lower...factory assembled and all. The lower was one I picked up about 1.5 years ago and just stuck it in my safe. Didn't even look at it.

When I tried to put the two together that's when I noticed the rear takedown pin had been put in backwards! At the factory! Don't know how they managed that. I had to remove the stock just to get the pin out.

taliv
March 1, 2009, 12:00 AM
seriously? that's jacked up!


While you are pushing on the pin, pull the charging handle back and let it go, letting the bolt slam home a few times.

hmm... never thought of doing that. i will try it!

Ohio Gun Guy
March 1, 2009, 12:10 AM
When I read, "The pin wont come out" I thought of one thing....:D

"First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached......."

Bezoar
March 1, 2009, 12:34 AM
well in basic they preached to us..
if the rear pin shall come out and the front pin stays in, pull the charging handle out, and poundeth upon the front pin till it slides out.

still everynew gun is going to be tight.

Hanzerik
March 1, 2009, 12:43 AM
While you are pushing on the pin, pull the charging handle back and let it go, letting the bolt slam home a few times.
hmm... never thought of doing that. i will try it!

Works most of the time. It gives the upper/lower receivers just enough jolt to usually enable the pin to be pushed loose.

tunnug
March 1, 2009, 01:06 AM
if you squeeze the upper and lower together it will relieve some of the tension allowing the pin to come out easier, I have an A2, I grab the rifle with my left hand, thumb thru the handle and fingers behind the grip on the lower and squeeze while pushing on the takedown pin, works everytime.

blkbrd666
March 1, 2009, 01:31 AM
Ahhh, I just now finished adding the little red Colt rubber under that pin on an Armalite AR-10 in "hopes" of having that same problem...nice rattle free rifle now and I'll probably be cussing the next time I take it down! :D

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