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    How do you remove the metal end caps from the hand guards so I can refinish the wood? Thanks Rich

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    what kind of weapon are you referring to?

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    some rpk"s and chinese and a few others have a metal cap on the rear of lower hand guard : most have little trangle lock points in the sides you just have to gently pop them of and then you can tweak the little lock points to dig into the wood when done refinishing

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    If you are referring to the wood around the gas tube of an AK.
    The easiest way to remove it is to use a adjustable wench on the flats on the back of the tube and gently turn the gas tube 180 degrees while holding the wood part from turning.
    Then slide the wood off the gas tube.

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    "The metal ends" - those are little tabs pressed into the wood to keep them in place. You can pry them off but they will pull out some of the wood. Use wood filler putty to repair the area and you'll be set.

    Or leave them on, degrease them, mask them off, and refinish the wood with them in place.

    Or pry the wood away from the handguard enough to get a probe or screwdriver blade in there enough to bend the tabs out.

    Any way you slice it, it won't be easy. If it were mine, I'd leave them on, degrease them well, and mask them off. If it were me.
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    Ditto what hcpookie said. Mask them off. Removing them is a PITA and getting them back on and looking good makes the whole effort more than it's worth.
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    I tried to remove one once, I figured I'd damage something before getting it off, so I did what HcPookie said.

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    I remove them (never had a big problem) then sand blast and cold blue them. Blue is Good it is also a good base to paint on! The wood parts I like to strip down stain and then hand rub with tounge oil, about 20 HOT rubbed times. Bare handed you can get WAY more depth, color, and high gloss (if you like shine) than verithane. And if you scratch or mar the wood just rub it out with more oil, the blimish is gone!

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