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    Default L1A1 take down help needed

    Hey Guys i have a British L1A1 that i got from my brother that was sitting in his gun cabinet untouched for about 8 or 9 years. i cannot get the take down lever to move. i can get the lever to wiggle just a little but it will not move. i even took a small piece of wood and was tapping it with a small hammer and didn't get any where. any one have any advice they can offer.

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    You have two possibilites:

    1: The gun is fitted so tight that the locking piece is jammed into the ramp on the back of the upper receiver and refuses to budge.

    Tapping with a hammer and wood along with maybe a few whacks on the underside of the stock with the palm of your hand may loosen it up enough to pop free. Removing the pivot bolt in the front may also loosen things up a bit.

    2: The locking piece is rusted in place.

    Do you know how to remove the stock? Under the buttplate is a slotted nut that fits over the recoil tube and holds the stock on and the recoil springs in the tube. They make a tool for this that keeps the springs captive but a normal large screwdriver and care can be used. Once the buttstock is slid off the recoil tube the mechanism is exposed and you can douse it with oil to loosen it up.

    If both solutions fail, remove the small screw back there that retains the lever and pull it out. This will expose the side of the locking piece and you can get a hammer and punch at it to knock it loose.

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    thanks kernel for the quick reply. i tried #1 and had no luck. i'm going to try #2 now and i'll be sure to let you know how i make out. thanks again

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    well my rifle has the thumbhole stock on it and according to my small manual there is a screw that is removed after the upper and lower are separated to remove the hand grip. so it looks like i can't remove the butt stock. kinda of bummed, i wanted to clean it and take it out this afternoon. as much as i don't want to it looks like i'll be taking it in to the lgs. any other advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks

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    With the thumbhole stock there isn't a whole lot you can do to get at the mechanism. I would try soaking down the area with penetrating oil and letting it sit overnight, ya might get lucky.

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    Are you moving the lever in the right direction?? I know a dumb question.. towards the front of the rifle?? B2B

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    "towards the front of the rifle?? " ??
    not that Im a fal pro but all of the catches (inside the lower) on fal (inch/ met) are the same they get pushed back to the buttstock (inch, vertical style) or up (met. horzontal style). but this is all for not with a thumbhole stock and removing the buttstock.

    rav,
    when you get the gun to open up, replace the stock with one from brovo5.com and replace the "butthole stock" with a pistol grip and buttstock. muttman

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    How about unscrewing the pivot pin and separating the upper and lower pulling straight apart. Or press the two together hard while pushing back on the lever.
    Last edited by allesennogwat; 08-30-2010 at 04:05 PM.

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    I think you are right towards the rear I was bassackwards rearward..guys..LOL B2B

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