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ARGH!!! STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!!

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by JeremyK, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    So... long story short, I COMPLETELY stripped the threads off of the barrel of my little brother's AR trying to get the flash hider off... I'm really hoping someone on the forum can point me in the direction of a competent gunsmith in the Clackamas area who could (hopefully) re-thread the barrel so I don't have to by a brand new one. Anyone?
     
  2. captqc

    captqc Tigard Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Check with Curt's in Milwaukie, they should be able to help, or Mark over at TROS.
     
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  3. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    Mark over at TROS?
     
  4. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Yep was going to suggest the same thing. They are good folks there.
    Did you twist your barrel when you did this? How did you do it, brute force or just cross thread blunder.
     
  5. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    Haven't the foggiest; not my AR to begin with, hider was difficult to turn but not impossible. Wasn't until it was halfway off that I realized there were metal shavings on the ground that had at one time been barrel threads. Thus began the tears and the blasphemous cursing of most deities heralded by mankind.
     
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  6. JackFrost

    JackFrost Central Oregon Active Member

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    Curt has threaded multiple AR barrels for me and has always done an excellent job!
     
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  7. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Ahhh It was being removed. Someone probably cross threaded the whole thing when they installed it.
    Was there a crush washer on none. Not important, but curious.
     
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  8. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    Yup, there was a crush washer.
     
  9. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Yep, I would say Taku nailed it. Someone else likely caused it, you'll just catch all the grief
     
  10. bzltyr

    bzltyr Portland Metro area Active Member

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    I agree with curts. They just put on an AAC blackout combo brake/comp. Nice job
     
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  11. captqc

    captqc Tigard Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    TROS USA (The Riddle of Steel) in Clackamas, Mark McWillis (503) 358-3708, he will probably be at the gun show this weekend. Gary
     
  12. drewp

    drewp 503pdx Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What kind of barrel was it...if it was some old used up m4 profile jobber toss it and tell him to upgrade now.
     
  13. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    Nah, it's a keeper. Did a little research and I'm guessing the hider was "pinned"... Insert bone-headed groan here...:mad:
     
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  14. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Hey I understand completely - remember if it don't move with the effort it should STOP! and see whats holding it. Just last weekend I had my own 'stuck' part - the mag tube to the Winchester 66 Commemorative I recently bought. When the pin and end cap screw are removed Winchester mag tubes should pull out of the receiver but this one would not budge. I had to make a special punch to sneak through the frame and catch the edge of the tube so I could 'tap' it out. Fortunately it broke free and only required light tapping with a hammer to remove but I did scar the end of it - but a little wetordry will clear that up and it will not be seen.
     
  15. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Was going to ask that too, but I figured someone else would. Did not want to push it LOL.
    It happens :)

    Spent most of my life fixing things that others broke from being heavy handed mostly.
     
  16. JeremyK

    JeremyK Milwaukie Professional BA

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    No, by all means push away! The hell of it is: I've taken off flash hiders before and they've always required a little bit of muscle to get off. With this one, while being more difficult than a standard flash hider, it was not a 'oh-my-god-this-sucker-is-not-meant-to-be-removed' type feeling I got threading it off.
     
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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What length barrel was it"
     
  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Check what they will charge you compared to a new barrel. Unless it's a high end barrel, with AR parts prices what they are right now,a new barrel may be the way to go.
    Probably get a barrel around $100 and can't see anyone but a friend threading it for much less
     
  19. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    I can see that shearing a pin off and it was probably a case hardened pin or at least hard enough to sit in the thread area and act as a cutting tool while you removed it taking the thread off as you turned. Probably a 1/2-28 and that is not a lot of meat to be stripped off. Curts are good folk and if anyone can fix it they can. Maybe either shortening the bbl or dropping a dia in thread size. ?? I am sure they have a way. Most gunsmiths can do that, but they are used to the ARs extensively. Even I go there to replace a flash hider or things like that , (Had them put a Smith Vortex on my Ruger), as I don't have the barrel vises and such anymore and don't want a torque twist in my barrel. :) Didn't cost much for them to do it at all. Took 10 min.

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