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Guns you SERIOUSLY REGRETTED taking apart!

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  1. jeepnik

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    Only the mechanically inept. The design is simple and so is disassembly and reassembly. Of course it does require you to READ THE DAMNED INSTRUCTIONS.
     
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  2. Rex in OTZ

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    A BAM B3-1
    First dissembled it in 2016 to replace piston seals.
    Still in pieces today.
    I have not moved on fabricating a piston spring compressor.
     
  3. 12Bravo20

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    Is there really a need for that???????? I thought this was the High Road
     
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  4. crestoncowboy

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    I'd say many of us bought them second hand with no instruction and well before internet. They are a relatively old and inexpensive rimfire which is known for running pretty nasty. I know I did. I put it together and was proud until the bolt didn't come back all the way. I'm far from mechanically inept. I repair and PM multi million dollar intricate machines for a living and I sure botched the reassembly. If you have the instructions then sure its not bad.
     
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  5. tark

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    I have a tie between a broomhandle Mauser C-96 and the Remington 8s and 81s, which are actually the same gun. Basic cleaning disassembly is easy for both.... but don't try a complete disassembly on the Remington's unless you really know what you are up against. The lock mechanism on the C-96 is a whore's nightmare. It is doubtless child's play for the experienced but no fun for the novice.
     
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  6. 12Bravo20

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    I'm one of those people that bought one years ago second hand without any manual. And yes without the instruction manual the first time can be a bear. And by the way I am a retired machinist/tool and die maker, quite capable of making complex tooling and machines.
     
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  7. mrmike7189

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  8. mrmike7189

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    My first rifle was a Marlin Model 60. Buffer broke took me days to fix it! . I also bought a Camp9. Another PITA to assemble. LMFAO reading this thread
     
  9. Texas10mm

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    I had an HK 91. They were pretty simple.
     
  10. GT1

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    My first shotgun I bought several years ago. A Win SXP 12 GA Marine Defender.
    I had field stripped it and I had noticed looking at the bolt it was similar looking to my ARs, so I kept on going until I had that all in parts.
    As I attempted to reassemble I ran into ....issues. A quick look at the manual showed I went way too far past the field strip steps.
    Whoops.
    After staring at it for a couple hours I made up a couple special tools from a bic pen and other stuff in a junk drawer, added an extra hand, and managed to avoid the embarrassment of taking it to the LGS.
    That shotgun might be a piece of cake to someone who takes whatever apart all the time, but being in that situation was a severe sucking feeling.
    I had not done that before, nor since with any firearm.
     
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  11. Pat Riot
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    I took a High Standard Sentinel Mk IV apart a few years ago. No manual and the only YouTube videos I found were bunk. It took me a little while but I put it back together.

    Once on a desert shooting trip my buddy took his Ruger Mk 1 apart and couldn’t get it back together. I figured it out and got it running but decided that day that I would never buy one.
     
  12. Batty67

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    My briefly owned Ruger PC 40. I made the major mistake of cocking it while partially disassembled. A massive no-no. Could not get it to unlock and found out (online) to never ever do this as then you I you have to take apart the entire trigger assembly. The latter takes 3 hands and superior gunsmithing skills. I paid to have it uncocked.
     
  13. MI2600

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    Man Rule 3: Real men do not read instructions...we are very intuitive.

    PS: YouTube doesn't count as cheating.
     
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  14. bdickens

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    I used to make a pretty good living taking stuff apart and putting back together. Fixed many things no one else around could, largely because I would READ THE DAMNED INSTRUCTIONS. Still, those Ruger. 22 pistols are a royal PITA.
     
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  15. film495

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    my Ruger MK2 Standard was mildly annoying the first couple times I did it. I took the action completely apart a few years ago on an old Stevens Favorite .22 rifle, and boy - figuring out how to get that thing to go back together was not easy. It only took a few hours of playing with it to get it back together, but I recall thinking I really wished I had not taken it apart in the first place. Only one that ever made me think that.
     
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    Grendel P-12.

    Don't take it apart. That clock spring is a pain.
     
  17. WestKentucky

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    Model 56 isn’t much better.

    Add to the list the Ruger 9shot automatic, and the Winchester rifle I fixed for a coworker. If they could figure out a way to make guns work without springs...
     
  18. .38 Special

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    I disassembled a German air rifle once. Still have most of the parts.
     
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  19. JERRY

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    Ruger MkII
     
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    None yet. There have been a few I've regretted not putting back together immediately.
     
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  21. entropy

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    An Iver Johnson top-break .22 when I was 10, the budding gunsmith. I had planned on putting it back together, (I don't doubt I could have) , but my Mom found the Baggie I had it in, and threw it out not realizing what it was. Even worse, it had been her dad's gun he'd given my Dad as a wedding present. I wish I'd have never taken it apart.
     
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  22. mjsdwash

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    mine was a highpoint. Someone at the range counter had one that failed, from a loose screw or pin. We opened it up and it fell apart like a BB gun. Took a few minutes, but I don't think i'll try again. The Ruger MK's really arent that bad, you just have to know where the hammer spur needs to be. For those unfamiliar, the MK 3 added a mag disconnect, and LCI to make it even more fun. EDIT. I forgot the Kimber compact 1911. Special tools, stuff not lining up, springs not working right. That one was way harder than the HP, or the MK3.
     
  23. commygun

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    "I disassembled a German air rifle once. Still have most of the parts."

    Great stuff.
     
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  24. JTHunter

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    The Keltec PMR-30 pistol in .22 Mag has its own problems. The one time I took it apart (after its initial shooting) I almost lost this little piece of plastic about 1/4" x 3/16" that is a buffer/shock absorber. It is a pale manila (yellow/tan) color and as thin as a dime. Very hard to see and so light, it doesn't take much wind to blow it away.
     
  25. WVGunman

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    Perhaps it's something in the water at Kel-Tec. I took apart my Sub2000 to put in a feed ramp (a part not included from the factory!) and was very intimidated by the multitude of tiny springs and parts inside. I had the sense not to mess with anything but what I was there to do, but man, I could see that project going wrong in a hurry!


    Regarding the Ruger Mark series that loom so large in this thread, my problem was as much getting the parts TO fit as understanding how they fit. There is a short round bar attached to the bottom half (the grip) that goes through a hole in the upper and holds the two together. After getting this out it would. not. go. back. in. the. hole! I tried sanding the bar, I tried sanding the hole, I tried using tons of oil. I tried hitting it with a plastic hammer, and finally in desperation, with a real hammer (damaging the gun's finish). If I hadn't taken it out in the first place I would've sworn the bar was too big for that hole. I can't remember how I eventually did it; probably a combination of everything mentioned, repeated several times. I do know I was permanently soured on both that gun and ALL Ruger Mark series ever since. But Ruger made up for it by inventing the SR-22.
     
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