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Yes, it's the same repeated story of a broken tap but with a solution. A few days ago I was merrily tapping my AMD 65 rear trunion when I felt some grinding from my 10-32 tap. While trying to back off the tap, it snapped. Of course this was the last hole I needed to tap. After reading on various websites of similar stories of broken taps I tried to break it up with a hammer and punch. All I accomplished was to mess up the treads. Then I started searching broken taps on the web and came upon a device called Walton tap extractor. I ordered the #10-3 flute extractor from Brownells with extra fingers. The extractor cost $8.50 and the extra fingers $6.30. After it arrived today, I was able to pull out the broken tap in about ten minutes. It took so long because I screwed up the treads trying to break up the tap. The moral of the story is to use the right tool for the job. Now I'm off to finish my AMD 65.