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    Default FAL stub removal

    I'm sure that anyone who has built a FAL before is familiar with this method, but I had a member ask about how to do this in another thread.

    First the tools.
    This can be done completely with just a hacksaw and a large chisel or even a Dremel, if you have plenty of the HD cutoff wheels.
    But a 4" cutoff wheel makes it a breeze.

    You want to cut (carefully, your barrel threads are right under this cut) until you can just barely see the very edge of the barrel threads. Do the last part of the cut by hand using a hacksaw, if you are using a cutoff wheel.

    Insert your biggest chisel in the slot and give it a good whack. It will split right along the cut. this will relieve the tension on the barrel allowing you to spin the stub right off.

    If you look close at the cut, you can see the jagged edge where it split under the cut.
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    This is the easiest method there is and has has been performed almost one hundred times by yours truly. Many friends have been a bit weezy about doing this, so I always love to lend a hand with the Dremel.

    Don't worry a bit if you nick the major dimension on the threads. It will have NO effect.
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    Same method I use but I use a four inch grinder, makes it quick, but not for the faint of heart

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    I use a 4 inch as well and a 5 pound brick hammer.....hehe
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    I used a 6in (or was it 4in) angle grinder, a beat to crap large straight slot screw driver and a 3lb sledge. I only went deep enough to where I could see where the threads were at, and then pounded away. No thread damage.

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    This is a great method for removing the receiver stub....Glad you brought this thread up
    I ran into a problem this week on my imbel kit...the dam stub would not come off with conventional tools......used this method and worked perfectly.
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    I have tried using a receiver wrench and barrel vise and it just too hard to do. I remove all mine with this method. I also bough a huge chisel that will split the stub before getting close to the end of the barrel. That along with the 5 pound hammer makes it pretty much a breeze......
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    Wish I had waited till I got my barrel vise and receiver wrench and tried that first.
    Could have cleaned up one of those stubs and used it for a trunnion for a project
    I have in mind. This method works slick, but turns the stub into a REAL piece of scrap.
    J.K.

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    i will have to try that method been removing them with the brownells set up, have not had one i could not get off...

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