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Gouged the delta ring on my AR-15. What should I do?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bos19, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. bos19

    bos19 Member

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    I just replaced the handguard on my AR-15 and really like the new handguard, but I scraped the delta ring pretty badly during the process of removing the original handguard. The delta ring is black and you can clearly see the scrapes. Is there any easy fix for this?
     
  2. troy fairweather

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    just get a new one there like 10 bucks
     
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  3. bos19

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    Do I need any special hardware, like a vice or any special tools? It was also a pain for me to remove the old handguard and install the new one
     
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  4. Elkins45

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    It’s easier if you have a set of snap ring pliers.
     
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  5. troy fairweather

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    They make a tool for that too-

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    They run about $15 and are worth every penny!
     
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  7. bos19

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    I should have ordered one of those, but I thought I was too much of a man just had to use my hands and a screw driver, and here we are :confused:
     
  8. troy fairweather

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    i can just do it with my hand, my dad can do it with 2 finger, i guess that's is from milking cows as a kid lol.
     
  9. Charlie98

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    When I was in the Army, we used to disassemble our M16's non-stop (or so it seemed.) It wasn't until I bought a civilian AR that I started having reluctant forearms... and my DPMS in particular. I have that tool that DarkLord posted... thank heaven.

    As far as scratches or gouges... meh, whatever. A little cold blue or even a Sharpie will fix that, but my AR's are not wall hangers, either.
     
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  10. Demi-human

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    Yup. Sharpie.
    Carry on.
     
  11. gotboostvr

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    I'd hit it with a black sharpie and not sweat it.
     
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  12. earlthegoat2

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    Black paint pens work a little better than a sharpie but since I have a sharpie and don’t have a paint pen I would use the sharpie too.
     
  13. mokin

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    Similar experience in the Marine Corps. I was active when we switched from A-1s to A-2s. The A-2s were stiffer but not difficult. I was a FNG assigned to clean the A-2s as they arrived. Does anybody know what's more cool than opening a new crate of rifles?...

    Nothing.

    The handguards on the SP1 I had back then weren't difficult to remove either. It wasn't until I put together a rifle using a Rock River barrel that I encountered a really stiff delta ring.

    As far as scratches on the delta ring itself, I wouldn't sweat it.
     
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  14. Tommygunn

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    Buy a Ruger AR-556, the Delta ring on those unscrews. Easy peasy. Not mil spec but still a great idea.
     
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  15. Demi-human

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    An excuse I haven't used yet!

    "Oops. Scratched my delta ring. Whelp, looks like I need a new rifle..."

    I like it!:)
     
  16. kwg020

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    Use a black magic marker and while it is still wet wipe off any extra. Yes, it dries fast but I have found it will wipe off if you are quick. Someone makes a pen for doing touch ups but I don't recall the company or name.

    kwg
     
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  17. wally

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    To do it right you need a torque wrench to re-install the barrel nut in addition to the tool needed to remove the barrel nut along with an upper block (or soft pine boards) to hold the upper in a vise. The torque is spec'd to something like 40-60 ft-lbs. The range is generous because you need a notch in the proper position for the gas tube when its tight.

    So I'd suggest just living with it or a paint touch-up.
     
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  18. kenboyles72

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    Sharpie, flat black spray paint or flat black Testor's model paint. Just touch it up a bit and be on your way, no need to change anything out. When I first got my AR, I was really anal about keeping it like new. But once I got the first scratch on it, didn't really bother that much.
     
  19. Buzznrose

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    Another idea...find a yard with the small river stone landscaping. Unload and remove the optic. Tie a cord to the stock and drag it a few times over the rocks. Then, you’ll have a gun with enough little scratches to quit sweating the single dinger...
     
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  20. cdb1

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    I can’t take the handguard off my DPMS without the tool.
     
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  21. Lyle Wyatt

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    Paint the whole thing camouflage, no one will ever see the scratch.
     
  22. tommy.duncan

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    Does this work!?!? I will have to use this!!

    But sweetie...it's a 10mm doesn't work with my wife anymore
     
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  23. Demi-human

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    I must admit, I have no Delta Rings to scratch.:(
    Nor wife to keep pleased with me.:)

    But, an excuse is an excuse. It's only necessary AFTER you have purchased.

    Wait...

    Don't tell me you talk about it first?!:confused:
    Whoa, whoa. Never Ask Permission! Ever!


    Always ask for Forgiveness, after you get home with it first...:D
     
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  24. newfalguy101

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    If its actually gouged, as in metal has been displaced, use a very small flat file and very little pressure to remove the burr, then a finepoint sharpie.
     
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