Originally Posted by Back40Bob
The solution to removing and installing the gas tube is actually quite simple.
All i did was remove the hand guard! With no hand guard, the tube is accessable by hand!
So easy but not so obvious.
uhmm....it is also easier to load the bullets into the magazine, if the magazine is out of the gun
Sorry...I couldn't resist. But seriously you guys...if you are going to be working on any kind of firearm, do yourself, your family, and the rest of us a huge favorer. Buy a book, search online for tutorials, ask questions on the forum, whatever it takes....BEFORE...diving in and trying to do somethings you may have never done before or have little to no knowledge of.
No, most firearms are not Rocket Science, to work on, maintain, use, but hopefully not abuse. BUT...if you do something that is INCORRECT in some areas of the firearm, you could possibly render it unstable to operate, which could lead to injury or worse. In the case of a gas tube, most likely it would have only stopped your AR from cycling to the next round. I've seen some folks out there who have installed triggers incorrectly, which could and in some cases DID lead to double firing to full-auto! NOT A GOOD THING!!!!
So, take the time and LEARN about your toy BEFORE you go taking it apart and reassembling. Check out this link for some very educational videos:
or buy a book. This is one that I HIGHLY recommend:
"The AR15 Complete Assembly Guide" by Walt Kuleck and Clint McKee
It's worth the time and few $$$'s for the book, VERSUS damaging your AR, or possibly hurting you or someone else.