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#1 xXxGruntxXx

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 10:12 AM

I tried tapping out the pins to remove my front sight last night, and I ended up damaging the paint on the pins and some of the sight. I used a screw driver and just hit the back of it with needlenose plier to act as a gentle hammer, but the screwdriver still cut up the pins. I am afraid that I might further damage the paint on the gun if I continue... what is the best way to remove the pins without damaging the paint?

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 02:12 PM

 xXxGruntxXx, on Jul 9 2008, 10:12 AM, said:

I tried tapping out the pins to remove my front sight last night, and I ended up damaging the paint on the pins and some of the sight. I used a screw driver and just hit the back of it with needlenose plier to act as a gentle hammer, but the screwdriver still cut up the pins. I am afraid that I might further damage the paint on the gun if I continue... what is the best way to remove the pins without damaging the paint?

I'v seen some people use metal punches or whatever that tool is that has a blunt front to know pins out. Its dull so it doesnt chip/cut into the paint. I know many people dont have them, I dont have htem either :lol:

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:15 PM

I decided to try using a T10 Torx screw driver and that did the trick. The tip is rounded, but the edges are sort of sharp, but if you keep it stready and tap the back of the screw driver, it should come out. Since I was able to remove the front sight pins, I decided to try my hand at tapping out the pin to remove the gearbox. Being the noob I am, I attempted to remove the things that look like pins around the actual pin :rolleyes:. Luckily, I gave up on them and tried the real pin and only minor scratches on the fake pins were suffered :P. I now have my gearbox all laid out and waiting to be upgraded tomorrow (the shipment is to arrive tomorrow).

I just hope I will be able to get it all back together :unsure:.

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:32 PM

The trick is using the correct tools.;)  A steel punch with the correct diameter would have saved the finish because it spreads the load onto the entire surface.  If you plan on doing more DIY on your guns then I would suggest investing into some gunsmith tools.  They will make your life easier.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:01 AM

 Radix, on Jul 9 2008, 08:32 PM, said:

The trick is using the correct tools.;)  A steel punch with the correct diameter would have saved the finish because it spreads the load onto the entire surface.  If you plan on doing more DIY on your guns then I would suggest investing into some gunsmith tools.  They will make your life easier.

"tools of the trades"

:lol: look at this pin punch I found
http://www.airsoftgi...products_id=600
^.^ a bit costy tho :S

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:28 AM

 vic_man4, on Jul 10 2008, 09:01 AM, said:

"tools of the trades"

:lol: look at this pin punch I found
http://www.airsoftgi...products_id=600
^.^ a bit costy tho :S

Too fancy for me, I'm old school. :)  Brownells is the best place to buy gun smithing tools. http://www.brownells.com/

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:19 PM

 Radix, on Jul 10 2008, 08:28 AM, said:

Too fancy for me, I'm old school. :)  Brownells is the best place to buy gun smithing tools. http://www.brownells.com/

Costy aswell, But professional, I think my dad has tools for his modle ships >.> detail tools/small tools and such :lol:

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 12:35 AM

I use similar tools for my real steel. A pinion remover will be very useful for DIY airsoft projects

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 04:14 AM

 karMeister, on Jul 11 2008, 12:35 AM, said:

I use similar tools for my real steel. A pinion remover will be very useful for DIY airsoft projects

:lol: lol, $55 for this pinion removal tool :S
http://www.airsoftgi...roducts_id=3405

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 08:05 AM

 vic_man4, on Jul 11 2008, 04:14 AM, said:

:lol: lol, $55 for this pinion removal tool :S
http://www.airsoftgi...roducts_id=3405


Yes and its well worth it when youre changing pinion for a 120$ motor hehehe




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