Alternate tool options for punches?

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  1. NoSmoking

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    I wasn't sure if this was the correct forum for a question like this, so if its wrong please let me know.

    I just picked up an HK VP9 and wanted to change out the grips, but it asks for a 2.8mm punch to remove the pin. I'm still relatively new to firearms so I don't have many of the necessary tools yet.

    Is there something else I could use to safely (and without damage) remove the pin?

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. IronMonster

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    A 7/64" drill bit would work. use the driven end and push some plastic or wrap tape around the cutting end to protect it as you tap.
     
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  3. erudne

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    I have ground the point off appropriate sized nail and used it as a punch, you will need several nails, soak the part in light oil first.
     
  4. jbett98

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    Go to Harbor Freight and buy a set of transfer pin punches for cheap, only $9.99
    The little center point helps set AR roll pins without marring up the pins.
    They also fit the lower receivers holes perfectly, so when you are assembling the lower they can be used as a guide rod, and if you use the other end, it will work as a pin drift.
    If you're worried about marring the pin, then also pick up a set of small brass drifts

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  5. NoSmoking

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate the replies. Those are great tips!

    I completely forgot about Harbor Freight, thanks for the reminder!
     
  6. Capn Jack

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    I use a "Chop Stick" with a .223 case over one end to push out AR Pivot Pins.
    Also, a brass toilet seat bolt makes a handy drift punch.:p
    Sometimes you just have to get creative. ;)
     
  7. huthuthike

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    Ace Hardware has brass bar stock, I spent $10-$20 and got about 12" of every size they had. Cut them down to appropriate sizes and they have worked well. I figure if they bend I was probably doing something wrong.
     
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