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What I think I learned - Pins

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Johnm1, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Johnm1

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    For all of the amateur work I do, it might be worthwhile to describe what i think i have learned. I'm hoping people who do this for a living will chime in and either confirm or bust my bubble.

    I learned a while ago tinkering with some old solid frame top break revolvers that when it came time to reinstall a pin it was a lot easier to align if a pin punch was inserted from the other side and used to align or guide the permanent pin. Even if you are using a slave pin to align 2 or more pieces in a blind condition, it is still easier to use a pin punch with a slightly smaller diameter to align the permanent pin. I relearned this recently working on a Lefever Double.

    It just seems that despite very close tolerances of the pin and holes, the pin doesn't necessarily line up perfectly with the next surface.

    Is this the correct procedure?
     
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  2. newfalguy101

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    Pretty difficult to say its wrong if it works...

    It may or may not be the preferred method of other smiths, but, its hard to argue with results.
     
  3. #1buck

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    I use punches and slave pins all the time.
     
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    Yup,IMO, it makes assembly much easier in many applications, not just firearms.



    I would bet that #1buck puts together more things than just firearms.
     
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  5. BBBBill

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    Absolutely correct. There may be other ways but that method is tried and true.
     
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  6. Johnm1

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    Thanks for the responses.

    I must say I've had a lot of fun tinkering over the years. But I'm sure glad i don't have to make a living from it. I'd starve.

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  7. Jackrabbit1957

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    I have always used slave pins, in fact there are some things you can't put back together without slave pins.
     
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  8. loose noose

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    Slave pins and punches is the "only" way to go while re-installing the pins in a double barrel shotgun as well as the others.
     
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  9. entropy

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    It's best practice to do so.
     
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    sure beats the get it close and hit it with a hammer method.......
     
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