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Gas block pinning/barrel dimpling

Discussion in 'Build it Yourself' started by snax, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. snax

    snax NES Member

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    Anybody know a good smith who can pin at a reasonable cost?
    Anybody try one of those dimpling jigs?
    Anybody have any issues with the gas block moving on a dimple setup?

    Trying to do a cost/benefit here.
    I have some barrels I need to get the gas blocks on.
     
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    jayhitek NES Member

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    Tim Gostling out of Gartman Arms in Wrentham/Foxboro
     
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    If you're in the Lowell area, definitely go see Steve at Northeast Arms in Peabody. He can definitely do that for you. @sschevy
     
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    Peabody is a bit of a ride. But I'll give the guy a call if I can.
     
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    he did mine while i waited, a unexpected and welcome bonus. ~45 min, maybe an hour wait. super job if you're wondering.

    may be worth it in the long run.
     
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    I have this dimpling jig that I use for BCM gas blocks. It was worth the money to me as I have assembled multiple uppers for myself and friends.

    1A Pro Gas Block Dimple Jig 0.460" Centers (Vltor/BCM/Old Rainier/Fortis/Midwest Industries/SLR/Radical/Odin/CMMG)

    It times off the gas port with a pointed screw and then I just run my drill press into the holes for bit, just enough to give the gas block set screws a place to ensure the block is straight. Then just stake the screws in the gas block for good measure.
     
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    Definitely worth the ride. Though Lowell to Peabody is not remotely far in my opinion - this is coming from someone who lives on the ass end of 128...[laugh]
     
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    It's not that bad of a job to diy, if you already have a drill press and decent vise. A 2/0 taper pin reamer is the only specialized tool needed.
     
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    Where u located? Want a quick buck and some booze? I have a sacrificial 7.5 barrel to practice on too.
    I may go with my own jig. I have 4 barrels to do.
     
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    I'm currently in Queens, and will be for a while, so if you are in a hurry I'm probably not much help.
     
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    If you have a cordless drill, you can dimple a barrel. The SLR jig costs $30.

    https://www.opticsplanet.com/slr-gas-block-dimpling-jig.html

    You'll need to know the dimple spacing (different manufacturers use different spacing), and select the appropriate holes on the jig.

    Once you get the first hole dimpled (it's always under the gas port) you could even make the 2nd or 3rd dimple using the gas block itself as a guide.

    https://slrrifleworks.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=579

    Video:



    View: https://vimeo.com/164471200


    To pin the gas block you're going to need a drill press, and carbide drill bits if you have a nitrided barrel.
     
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    If your using set screws to secure your gas block simply line everything up, tighten your screws and range test rifle.
    Then remove one screw. Take drill bit and dimple barrel through the set screw hole. Loctite the set screw and secure it. Repeat for 2nd set screw.
    Pin and weld is just as easy but requires a welder and some experience to have it look good. Nothing a good set of files and fine Emory cloth cant handle. Cold blue any bare metal and carry one. Gun smith fees saved go to tools and ammo
     
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    That's one way to do it. And it'll save you hundreds of pesos (I guess). So there is that.

    But there are actually upsides to spending the thirty bucks--especially if (like the OP) you're doing more than a couple barrels.

    For instance--you aren't taking a blind guess as to where the gas port is, because the jig actually indexes on the gas port itself. By indexing on the gas port, a jig also gives you perfect setback for your gas tube, so the gas tube isn't getting tensioned (or prematurely wearing itself out getting peened by the gas key every time the bolt goes home into battery). I dunno. That's why I bought one anyway.

    Plenty of ways to skin a cat, I guess.
     
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    Yup plenty of ways.... Now you just have to hope the gas port is in spec and lines up to your port and jig dimples......all fun stuff.
    Dimpling has advsntage as it does not scare the barrel like cranking down the set screws does.
    A few beaters i slapped together with those Sarco kits a few years back I did just that. Some harden steel set screws and some of that loctite for sealing/bonding sleeved parts.
    Yup its going to be a bit of a pain if I have to take it off but for what those platforms where built for the barrel will be junk anyway if it ever comes off.
     
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    So I bought the jig. Im doing the test dimple on a 7.5 andersen barrel I have and don't plan on using. All goes well, I'll do the others.
    I'll let you all know with some pics.
     
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    Awesome! Good luck!
     
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