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    Does anyone have a AR bolt catch punch kit?

    I need to remove the bolt catch from an AR lower, but I don't have a punch that fits. I see wheeler makes an AR bolt catch punch kit. Anyone have one I can borrow, or can help me knock out a bolt catch? I don't want to booger up this lower.

    I'm in Troy, BTW.

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    That's gonna suck, regardless of how you do it. Stoner should have known that there is the possibility that a bolt stop may break and need to be replaced. A screw would have been better than a roll pin.

    If you can't find the tool that you're looking for, maybe a super small "ez out" or a tap (threaded to fit in the roll pin) might work with some gentle taps with a hammer...don't forget to put some duct tape on the receiver to minimize risk of damage.

    If your bolt stop isn't broken and you just wanna change it for some reason, I'd just buy a new lower and start from scratch.

    Good luck!

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    Always have just used some electrical tape on the receiver to protect it and a 1/2" rod with two holes drilled on the faced off edge of the tip. One hole is roll pin sized and the other is punch sized. Push old pin through and cut it in half if it looks like it's going to hit the magwell. Start new roll pin with the roll pin sized hole and drive it the rest of the way with a short punch held in the smaller punch hole. I'll get pics up later.

    It's 1/2" diameter, 7.5" long. Larger hole is larger than a roll pin so you can drop it in and start it. Smaller hole is roll pin punch sized. Usually start it , then rotate the tool slightly to a solid section and drive it most of the way in before putting the little roll pin punch in to drive it the last little bit. Last one I removed was a couple years ago when my kid got a new fancy looking bolt catch. Easiest way for me is to just push the old roll pin through. Some will clear the magwell and some won't. If it even remotely looks like it won't, drive it out shy of hitting the magwell and then cut the rollpin in half with a dremel. I tape up the receiver with electrical tape any place that might be struck by a tool. Think I'm using a section of a broken drill bit shank as the longer drift that has the reach to push the pin all the way out. Probably should make a nicer looking tool but it's worked fine for the past 30+ years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moleman- View Post
    Always have just used some electrical tape on the receiver to protect it and a 1/2" rod with two holes drilled on the faced off edge of the tip. One hole is roll pin sized and the other is punch sized. Push old pin through and cut it in half if it looks like it's going to hit the magwell. Start new roll pin with the roll pin sized hole and drive it the rest of the way with a short punch held in the smaller punch hole. I'll get pics up later.
    Cutting it in half when its part way out is a great idea I hadn't thought of. I could use a little saw on a dremel and be real careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsxtreme View Post
    Cutting it in half when its part way out is a great idea I hadn't thought of. I could use a little saw on a dremel and be real careful.
    The fiber reinforced cut off wheels is what I've used. I tape up the receiver with a couple of layers in case the dremel catches.

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    Pm me I have roll punches for going in, punch for going out.
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    Brownells offers a flat sided specialty punch for that roll pin. Don't forget to tape up the side of the lower to prevent marring. drayks

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    Cpl layers painters tape and you can probably get a roll pin punch set from HF
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    I'm well aware that I can buy them, that's not what Im asking....

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