Can someone recommend better quality AR-15 take down pins?

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    Can someone recommend better quality AR-15 take down pins?

    I was field stripping my AR-15 (M&P15) and somehow the front take down pin broke. Now I need replacements. Can anyone recommend some better quality ones that don't break as easily? Thanks in advance!

    If you must know how it broke, I accidentally dropped the lower on the carpet.
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    I don't think you are going to find "better " pins. I have never heard of a parts kit upgrade advertising stronger pins. I think it is better the pin broke than the lower itself .
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    Ok thanks. I feel pretty dumb right now.
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    Well, stuff happens. No big deal. Any spare parts kit containing pins should work for you. Here for nice tutorial of building your lower. AR15.COM :: Forums :: Build It Yourself
    In case you want instructions how to with the replacement pin.
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    Yup, the pin is much cheaper and simpler to replace then a new lower receiver!

    Here is a video tutorial from Brownells showing exactly what you need to do. You may need a new spring and detent too if they got lost so be sure to check:

    Brownells - World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools

    the whole build is interesting and useful:

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    did the pin break or did it pull out too far and launch the detent and spring into space?
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    Dare I ask what manufacturer AR-15 you have? If you called Bushmaster, they'd get one out to you tomorrow. I lost some springs and detents here a while back putting on a rear sling adapter on mine. Gave them the serial number and had parts three days later. I don't actually seeing the pin breaking, but I could see the hole in the receiver cracking. The springs and detents are cheap...I agree, go with Brownell's for replacements.

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    take this question to ar15.com

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    When the lower hit the floor, the front pin broke. I ended up buying a new pin and detent spring from a local store. I am glad the receiver itself didn't break, after all it did land on a semi-soft surface LOL!
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