How in the world do you position and support the barrel/trunnion assmeble to press it out? An Xebec jig?Toten Kopf said:I use the 20 ton press (best investment yet) and the 2 that I've removed (AMD-63 and AK-74) just pushed out very easily. You can feel a little resistance starting to build-up on the press and then they just push out....no problems, no noise, no bruised/smashed fingers and no BFH (I'm not good with a hammer). I soaked one with "Kroil" and the other I didn't soak at all, no differance.
After hearing all the trouble these pins can be I was surprised at how easy they came out. Maybe I was just lucky with the 2 I did or maybe it was the press. All I know is with that press there haven't been any problems removing/installing barrel pins, barrels, front signts or gas blocks.
If I didn't have the press, I would without a doubt slugging away at it with the BFH or using a BIG vise to push it out.
As far as the pins being tapered, the ones I've done had no taper at all, just a straight pin.
I work from the left, however I've still got a pin in a shot out 30 year old RPK that I can't remove for love or money.Gun-nut said:For the smackers,
Which side do you whack from? I always heard from the left, since the pin is tapered. I tried it from both ends. What I got was a smashed thumb, a broken hammer handle, some lost drive punches, a few spilt beers and a lot of cursing. Thats why I just drilled it out!
Yes, I waited till I could buy one of Xebec's jigs and then never looked back. I bought the setup for all AK's and the Romak 3(I think that covers everything). The jig does everything concerning the barrel. And it makes the barrel removal/installation a piece of cake (but you do need that press). I didn't even know how it worked, but everyone said it's the cat's meow for doing barrel work so I bought it. After I received it I learned just how easy it was to use.yosuthnmasa said:How in the world do you position and support the barrel/trunnion assmeble to press it out? An Xebec jig?