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tdswimin8
08-12-2010, 8:31 AM
Hi everyone, I have 2 AR15's and the first one I built and it was a piece of cake (because it is not very hard..) but I managed to break one of the ears off of my 2nd lower when I was installing the trigger guard! What an idiot! Has anyone had this problem before and figured out a way to fix it? From my understanding you must have a trigger guard because there is some b.s. law about it. Please let me know anything helps!! thanks everyone!65045

Hunter158
08-12-2010, 8:34 AM
There is a grip that includes the trigger guard, and wraps around that part of the lower... Pics posted some time back. (1-2 years ago?)

biglou
08-12-2010, 8:39 AM
That sucks. I haven't had that happen yet. You might look into one of these. Brownell's sell them, I'm sure others do to. I never used or seen one in person, good luck.
http://www.starkequipment.com/

Spoilerv2
08-12-2010, 8:47 AM
Sand down the Sharp edges, use some aluminium anodizing stuff in a bottle to make it black again. Then use a Magpul full miad grip.

alex45auto
08-12-2010, 8:47 AM
That sucks. I haven't had that happen yet. You might look into one of these. Brownell's sell them, I'm sure others do to. I never used or seen one in person, good luck.
http://www.starkequipment.com/

biglou, that's a great looking fix. I would install those grips just to get rid of the gap from the trigger guard and grip.

stevie
08-12-2010, 8:49 AM
Magpul MAIDS has a grip with built in trigger guard. You can also try JB weld to secure the broken piece.

miles_ahead
08-12-2010, 8:54 AM
That sucks. I haven't had that happen yet. You might look into one of these. Brownell's sell them, I'm sure others do to. I never used or seen one in person, good luck.
http://www.starkequipment.com/

Did Tony Stark invent that?:D

tdswimin8
08-12-2010, 8:57 AM
wow that grip looks great! thanks a lot guys!

biglou
08-12-2010, 8:58 AM
^ Pretty funny. The more I look at this and read the reviews I might get one of these. It even has a place to rest your thumb.
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=27380/Product/AR_15_M16_PISTOL_GRIP

trapshot68
08-12-2010, 9:02 AM
I had good luck fixing my friend's lower with a Magpul Miad. Even epoxied the broken piece to the grip so you can't even tell unless you know or really look.

alex45auto
08-12-2010, 9:05 AM
For $39.99 + shipping, that a great inexpensive fix that biglou found!!!!

X-NewYawker
08-12-2010, 9:28 AM
That stark looks sick. I likee.

sickboy38
08-12-2010, 10:57 AM
@tdswimin8 - Do you mind sharing how you broke it? I will be doing my first build in 6 days so any tips on how to avoid doing the same would be greatly appreciated!

tacticalcity
08-12-2010, 11:03 AM
I recommend this...

MAGPUL MIAD FULL GRIP KIT WITH BUILT IN TRIGGER GUARD - $37.95
http://tacticalcity.com/product_details.asp?ProdID=1268
http://tacticalcity.com/images/uploads/magpulmiad_big.jpg

...or you could do what I did when it happened to me and sell your stripped lower for $50 on calguns.net and start over. I found a Spike's lower on Gunbroker.com to replace mine for $99.

Don't feel too bad. This is a pretty common thing.

tacticalcity
08-12-2010, 11:13 AM
Odds are he broke it trying to remove the existing trigger guard. The roll pin that holds the trigger guard is really tricky. Once in there, it doesn't always want to come out. It if refuses to compress while you are driving it out with a roll punch from the other end, it won't exit the "wing" on the other side. Apply too much force on one end, without the roll pin compressing enough to exit the other side, and the wing snaps off. Pretty common occurance. A lot of roll pins these days are not to spec. Forgive the subtext, but they are too big and too stiff, and lead to this happening.

A couple of tips.

1) Remove the grip first so you keep and eye on your progress.
2) Do not force it, and use nice gental taps. If it is not coming out while you are being gental, then get used to having the existing trigger guard or you risk breaking your lower.
3) Brace the oposite side with peiced of wood (and padding inbetween the wood and your lower, so the wing won't have anywhere to move.

tdswimin8
08-12-2010, 12:07 PM
@sickboy38- it happenned to me when I was removing the pin from the trigger guard. It is imperative that you support that side with a piece of wood like ^^^^tactical city explained. Do not get frustrated if the pin is taking a while to go all the way in, just take your time! goodluck!

The DRis
08-12-2010, 12:25 PM
There was a lower vise block for sale that had a specific sport for supporting the ears. I can't find it now though. It was that white plastic that cutting boards are made of.

bplvr
08-12-2010, 2:45 PM
Odds are he broke it trying to remove the existing trigger guard. The roll pin that holds the trigger guard is really tricky. Once in there, it doesn't always want to come out. It if refuses to compress while you are driving it out with a roll punch from the other end, it won't exit the "wing" on the other side. Apply too much force on one end, without the roll pin compressing enough to exit the other side, and the wing snaps off. Pretty common occurance. A lot of roll pins these days are not to spec. Forgive the subtext, but they are too big and too stiff, and lead to this happening.

A couple of tips.

1) Remove the grip first so you keep and eye on your progress.
2) Do not force it, and use nice gental taps. If it is not coming out while you are being gental, then get used to having the existing trigger guard or you risk breaking your lower.
3) Brace the oposite side with peiced of wood (and padding inbetween the wood and your lower, so the wing won't have anywhere to move.
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When you tap the pin out use kerosene as a lubricant . Same goes for
putting steel roll pins into aluminum .The hole is spec'd @ .125+ - .003.
Mic your roll pin . If it's .133 you will have issues . :(

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