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quick draw 09-14-2002 05:04 AM

hammer strut pin
does anyone know how to stake a hammer strut pin without mushrooming the pin,on a 1911? :roll:

Critter 09-14-2002 05:19 AM

It doesn't take a whole lot to stake one. Just take a punch, a nail punch is fine if you don't have a pointed punch that came with a gunsmith set, and put it at the line or joint between the strut and the pin angle into the pin a bit and tap it a time or two. Do it in two places lightly on one side and then one on the other. You shouldn't be able to push it out with a punch unless you use a hammer. The strut is usually a little softer than the pin.
This is the way I have done it and it seems to work okay. I've never had on back out on me.

quick draw 09-14-2002 05:36 AM

I just punched a factory pin out(kimber)and it was tough,then I tried to stake it in a new hammer and it mushroomed it was very tight :oops:

Critter 09-14-2002 06:42 AM

well, irf it's working for you now, don't worry about it. If it's not, struts and pin kits are cheap, and the internals of a Kimber could use improved parts any way, and that's coming from someone ho loves his Kimbers and even carries a box stock one, well except for a custom front sight.
Caspian has a high quality pin set for 10.00 that replaces all of your pins if you so desire, and hammer struts for 4.00. You may be able to go to Brownell's and get different stuff at a little more or less, but you can see it's not a big deal on price. If you decide to go that route, order a set of Wolffe springs and you'll be sitting on top shelf with your feet and legs dangling down. Heck, this is the home workshop man, dig in!

quick draw 09-14-2002 05:08 PM

hey critter,I'm the one who emailed you a while back,thought you went to H.S. with me,remember?well I just about have everything changed in my kimber,yes I even have the wollff spings,I'm in the process of changing the sear,hammer,and disconnector but the hammer strut pin looks like it was staked on both ends,like widened out,if I'm saying it right,it took alot of force to get it out,so I'm calling brownells for a new one,I think the only one they have is a colt,once again thanks! :lol:

Critter 09-14-2002 05:22 PM

When I built my full(home workshop)custom, I used CMC hammer, sear and disconnector, and an Ed Brown strut with Caspian pins. I only lightly pinned them in, and they are not going anywhere. Make sure that you haven't bent anything, and now would be a good time to polish everything up and remove any casting marks, just be sure not to change the demensions of anything.

quick draw 09-14-2002 06:04 PM

will do,I'm using cylinder and slide,hammer,disconn.,and sear,I'm keeping the stock strut,it seems good to me ,are caspian pins superior to other pins?

Critter 09-14-2002 08:07 PM

Well don't really know. I will say the the ones I got from them were a perfect fit with no flaws that I could see. I can only reccomend what I have used. I'm glad you changed those springs that came with the Kimber. The sear spring in my full size Kimber, although it worked weel, paled in comparison to Wolffe's offering, don't you agree?

quick draw 09-15-2002 12:58 PM

absolutly!do you still have the oringal thumb safty or did you change it,I'm thinking of changing mine,it looks like a MIM part,not to strong!

Critter 09-15-2002 05:35 PM

I've never had any trouble with MIM parts, in fact I've never actually seen one broken by anyone I've shot with. I have kept all of the parts except the springs on the two Kimbers I have right now, but I'm about to dig into my full-size and give it an upgrade.

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