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Old 06-25-2012, 06:03 AM   #1
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remove the flash hider from my barrel? Wanna replace the birdcage style with a 3-prong, and I don't want to do any damage.

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Old 06-25-2012, 06:08 AM   #2
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong but... Unless its pinned or welded, just unscrew it.

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Old 06-25-2012, 06:14 AM   #3
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I have never done it before but I hear it requires a nice amount of elbow grease.

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Old 06-25-2012, 06:33 AM   #4
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I understand that several type of 'lock tight' type materials are used. Some require heat others water to soften. I think I would first contact the manufacture for better advise.

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If it is installed correctly you would place the barrel in a vice using a barrel block that grips the barrel. Use an appropriate sized crescent wrench and remove it along with the crush washer. Install the new flash hider with a new crush washer or peel washer. Tourque to 18 ft/lbs.

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:28 PM   #6
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A healthy sized crescent is the tool of choice for me.

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Old 06-25-2012, 10:55 PM   #7
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I did this last week and attached a BattleComp. A barrel vise was recommended and I have to agree. I broke my vertical front grip tightening the new compensator. The original suppressor was easy to remove. Just a little elbow grease and a 10" adjustable wrench. The new compensator required a specific positioning. Finger tight the compensator stopped with the alignment at the 5 o'clock position (needed firm at 6:00). With the crush washer this required about 370* of turn to tighten and align. At 180* it became a test of wills. With the foregrip braced between my legs the vertical grip snapped at 280*. I vented my frustration for the final 1/4 turn. In the end, the alignment is perfect and the compensator works great.

BUT, next time I will pay the gunsmith at the club $25 to install. It did give me an excuse to get the Magpul AFG, which I like better.

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A crescent wrench belongs in the trash. Use the appropriate sized wrench. It's not that hard.
, I just took the birdcage off and replaced it with a Smith Vortex

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Never had a problem w/ a crescent. What are some of the things I should be aware of?

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Lefty loosely, righty tighty. You'll need a new crush washer.

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