New AR w/ stiff takedown pins

New AR w/ stiff takedown pins

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    New AR w/ stiff takedown pins

    I finally talked my financial adviser into letting me get an AR15. I received the upper (Riflegear which is made by Daniel Defense) and an LMT lower. I installed them tonight and I had to tap both pins in. Not hammer them but couldn't push in with just my fingers. Is this normal? Pretty sure I'm going to need a punch and hammer to get it apart. Any help would be appreciated.


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    Tolerance staking, while not "normal" it's not uncommon. I have a similar build and other than having to tap the take down pins out it functions fine.
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    Yes, it is common,dont worry about it. I'd rather have them tight than loose.
    Newer receivers are usally tight because of the anodizing that is done on it. After the pins go in and out a few times, they loosen up.
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    I knew I was over thinking it. Just seemed like all the cleaning videos I watched, people were just pushing them out.

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    My Bushmaster is brand new and it is very tight. I do need to tap them out, and back in, but each time they are getting looser, so I am not worried.
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    What hotguns said, it's a combination of the anodizing and the detent springs still being stiff. It will loosen up some. Better them be tight than loose.
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    My M&P15 Sport was very tight when I bought it, and I needed to use my knife to push them out the first few times. After breaking it down many times and putting a little oil on the pins, they're a breeze to press out with my thumb.

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    I would rather the pins be a bit tight than loose.
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    In my experiense the detents will form a path on the takedown pins as they are pushed in and out ,the front detent if you are seperating the upper and lower always works best for me if when I push on the pin I rotate the receivers up and down a little until I find a spot where the pin pushes out easiest.
    I'm not sure but in the closed position there may be a low spot on the takedown pin that the detent has be pushed past.
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    I've been playing with it and it's smooth as butter now.
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