What do you use to change the hammer spring?

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by RobertsUSA, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. RobertsUSA

    RobertsUSA New Member

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    I would like to hear how the masses here change the Mini hammer spring after removing from the trigger group.

    I remember having had some struggles in the past, but recently knew I had several to do so came up with my own gadget to make it fool proof with no possibility of launching it into orbit.

    I will post some pics here when I take them.

    Your responses may improve the current design.

    Thanks, Ed
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2012
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I usually just struggle. Very interested in seeing what you came up with.
     

  3. RobertsUSA

    RobertsUSA New Member

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    Changing hammer spring

    I just heard about someone using an old fork from the kitchen (if the wife doesn't see) and a small vise. The flat slides through the fork.

    Good idea but still has the possibility to launch into >>>>>>>>>> *#%@*&
     
  4. RobertsUSA

    RobertsUSA New Member

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    Mini hammer spring tool

    I made a couple sleeves with proper inside contours to capture and release the hammer spring off the pin punch used to remove the spring with the guide bar.
    Chucked one end in my drill press and used a small vise to holt the other. Really solid and completely eliminates any chance to launch the spring.

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    Here is what i successfully used today in a parking lot.
    Got a large C-clamp and made a couple crude aluminum guides. When I initially tried this, the ends started to slide off the C-clamp. You know what I mean as it happens all the time with these.

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  5. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    Pretty good idea. I wish I had some of the tools and things some of the people on this site have. I will eventually acquire them over time I guess. Good luck on putting it all back together though.
     
  6. 51colt

    51colt New Member

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    Your tool looks good. I use a small crescent wrench and a pair of vice grips with masking tape on the jaws. When working with springs i always work in a plastic bag so i can't loose a spring.
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    You look familiar i grew up in Fremont. Did you go to Washington High?
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2012
  7. KingTiger

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    I just put a Wolff extra power hammer spring in my Mini-30 last night. It turned out to be easier than I had thought, took about 5 minutes.

    I used a small vice to compress the spring on the strut. I positioned the captured spring side of the strut on one jaw & the bottom half of the spring inside the other jaw. I slowly compressed the spring with my hand over it to keep it from launching until the hole in the strut was exposed. I then inserted the short end of a hex key into the strut hole. Replace the assembly, cock the hammer, remove the hex key.

    Hopefully, it will have the extra force needed to set off the Norinco ammo I've been using.
     
  8. walkenbear

    walkenbear New Member

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  9. GunDoc

    GunDoc New Member

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    I just use my Brownell's VersaVise. The smooth face and square edges work perfect for me by dropping the front jaw down a little. I have a lot of experience working on Minis now, but I launched a few in the beginning.