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djleisure
10-20-2009, 5:20 PM
I recently purchased this Draco from an out-of-state vendor that attached this maglock to it. I'm not sure what this one is called, but I REALLY don't like it and I want to install my Solar Tactical maglock. Unfortunately, whoever installed this maglock really went to town on one of the retainer bolts (the ones with the heads sticking out that you can see in the picture.) When I tried to unscrew the thing with that tiny, tiny little allen screw it stripped all to hell - yay! :(

Now, usually I'm a very resourceful guy when it comes to this stuff, but everything I've tried so far has not worked. Here's the list of things I've tried:

Pushing down REALLY hard while using the original allen wrench - nope stripped.
Using a normal pair of vice grips to try and crunch down on the little nub-of-a-head and turn (both on its nose and on its side) - nope, slips every time.
Buying a pair of needle nose vice grips and trying the aforementioned procedure - nope, slips every time.
Using those same pair of needle nose vice grips to try and grab the exposed shaft of the bolt, inside the trigger guard and turn - nope, just not enough strength-to-friction-to-turning ratio to turn that sucker.
Buying a wood chisel and hammering it straight down on the head of the bolt (it was well supported, don't worry) to try and create my own slot to then unscrew the bolt - nope, that is some SERIOUSLY tough metal - wood chisel destroyed!


So that's it, that's all I've got. My next step will be to take it to some sort of welder (that's gonna be a fun phone conversation "Well, yes, it's an AK-type pistol, but I'll remove the bolt, blah, blah, etc") and ask them to tack weld one of my allen wrenches to the head of the bolt, so I can then back out the whole darn thing.

Anyone have any better ideas? :o

Here's a shot of it on my Draco. The left one of the two bolts on the side.
http://www.slice.net/draco/04.JPG

Here's a stock image, for a different angle. The lower of the two bolts on the side.
http://www.riflegear.com/images/product/large/554_2_.jpg

Rukus
10-20-2009, 6:06 PM
Maybe try dremeling a slot for a flathead screwdriver to unscrew it?

cj cake
10-20-2009, 6:11 PM
drill-out from sears. If used correctly, they are awesome

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00952155000P
http://s.sears.com/is/image/Sears/00952155000-1?hei=600&wid=600&op_sharpen=1&qlt=90,0&resMode=sh arp&op_usm=0.9,0.5,0,0

69Mach1
10-20-2009, 6:21 PM
That lock has the main bolts on either side lock down into the dimple in the mag latch pin. Loosen the lock nuts and let the whole thing hang off of the trigger guard. Then turn the shaft from the inside of the lock. Also try heating up the bolt some. Quentin Laser may have used loctite.

djleisure
10-20-2009, 8:01 PM
Thanks everyone - great suggestions! I'll start with the "loosen the lock nuts" idea, then move on to the Dremel!

djleisure
10-20-2009, 8:11 PM
That lock has the main bolts on either side lock down into the dimple in the mag latch pin. Loosen the lock nuts and let the whole thing hang off of the trigger guard. Then turn the shaft from the inside of the lock. Also try heating up the bolt some. Quentin Laser may have used loctite.

Not sure why the hell I didn't realize those bolts could be backed out to loosen the whole thing, but I didn't. That did the trick! That gave me a much better angle at the bolt. It took about 2 minutes! Thanks for the winning advice 69Mach1 and thanks everyone else for the other suggestions that didn't occur to me!

supermario
10-20-2009, 9:18 PM
69Mach1 to the rescue again:D:D

KimoBBZ
10-20-2009, 9:20 PM
How'd you attach the sling? Looks clean... stable & strong?