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Old 09-14-2002, 05:04 AM   #1
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hammer strut pin

does anyone know how to stake a hammer strut pin without mushrooming the pin,on a 1911? :roll:
 
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Old 09-14-2002, 05:19 AM   #2
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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.
 
Old 09-14-2002, 05:36 AM   #3
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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 ops:
 
Old 09-14-2002, 06:42 AM   #4
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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!
 
Old 09-14-2002, 05:08 PM   #5
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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:
 
Old 09-14-2002, 05:22 PM   #6
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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.
 
Old 09-14-2002, 06:04 PM   #7
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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?
 
Old 09-14-2002, 08:07 PM   #8
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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?
 
Old 09-15-2002, 12:58 PM   #9
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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!
 
Old 09-15-2002, 05:35 PM   #10
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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.
 
Old 09-18-2002, 09:06 PM   #11
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Hey Critter,I'm finally finished with my kimber,I got the new hammer strut pin and it went in easy and snug,then I put in the C&S sear,disconn,and hammer,real quality stuff,rockwell hardness @ 53,superb fit and then I put in a new Wolff sear spring and WOW what a difference,it passed the three safety tests and then I put in the aftec extractor,it seems to be ejecting dummy rounds real well,now I go to the range but over all I'm well pleased,everything seems to be perfect,once again thanks for your help! :lol: :wink:
 
Old 09-19-2002, 07:47 AM   #12
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Just remember I'll need your help one day too. Let us know how it goes at the range, note your trigger feel and pull. I may know a trick or two about that without having to file the sear or anything to help it if it needs it.
 
Old 09-21-2002, 03:43 PM   #13
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went to the range,put 200 rds. of my reloads and different ball ammo through 'er,no failures of and kind,even the new extractor seemed to work great,the shells ejected off to the side at a 45 degree angle on a long looping arc, a couple came at me but wer'nt that many.
 
Old 09-21-2002, 05:09 PM   #14
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Great to hear. The few that ejected different could have been due to a slightly different charge in the round fired. If the vast majority of the csings did what they were supposed to do, your sitting on top shelf.
 
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