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I found a spring.....

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Steve H, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Steve H

    Steve H Member

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    last night I was working on an AR. Before I started I looked down on my work bench and saw a spring that I do not recognize......no idea where it came from. It's about 3/8" long x ~.010 dia. and very fine wire. The last three guns I have worked on were an AR (I'm about 99.999% sure it is not from that), a Browning 1911 380 and a KelTec PMR 30. Any thoughts where a spring this small might come from? 20180111_163551.jpg
     
  2. BBBBill

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    Looks bigger than .010"x3/8" in the photo. There are a multitude of small springs - charging handle latch, buffer retainer, takedown pin detent, front sight detent, ejector, rear sight elevation knob, mag catch, bolt catch, selector detent, etc, etc.......
     
  3. edwardware

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    I vote charging handle latch spring.

    But if you can't figure out where it goes, the rules say you have to build another AR to put it in.
     
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  4. Steve H

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    I just went out and measured it............ .400 X .050 Too small for any of the detente springs and all of my charging handles have their springs in place.
     
  5. Blue68f100

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    If the spring is larger in diameter than what you stated 0.010" it could fit the bolt ejector? Not very may people than them out for cleaning though.
     
  6. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Spring that goes into grip for detent?
    Spring that goes into against stock for that detent?
     
  7. ColtPythonElite

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    I agree...stock detent
     
  8. Steve H

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    it's a lot smaller than a stock detente spring........
     
  9. ColtPythonElite

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    This is there one I was talking about.

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  10. Steve H

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    About 1/4 the size of that one
     
  11. LoonWulf

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    Just had my ar lower apart to paint yesterday, as suggested that looks to small to be an ar spring... except maybe the disconnecter spring.

    Not familiar and with the pm, or browning.
     
  12. Ramone

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    1911 .380 plunger spring?

    The one between the Slide Stop and the thumb safety?
     
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    Looks about the right size for an ejector plunger spring.
     
  14. Gottcha

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    takedown pin detent
     
  15. Bones741

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    Maybe the fire selector detent sping that goes in the pistol grip?
     
  16. Blue68f100

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    There is also a small spring under the disconnector. This would show if id did a safety check once he had the gun back together.
     
  17. HisSoldier

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    So the little detent spring for the front cross bolt pin looks about that size, maybe longer though.
     
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