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#1 User is offline   McCoy 

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 05:38 PM

How many of you guys have broken a pushpin?
I have a stock, air-thru commando to be exact, that I bearly take off.
The other day I was cleaning it and I took it off and had a push-pin snapped in half still inside of it.
So it was broken before I took it out.


How does this happen?



I can get new ones, but I would like to get this promblem under control.
And I have a friend that has broken some also, Ghost Sniper 09
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 10:18 PM

You can purchase stainless steel push pins, although I am not sure about the cost though. Also, I think you can get something close at home depot. I am not sure what it is but someone I am sure will know.
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 07:13 AM

Call tippmann they might send you some for free or you could order more from them.
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 03:47 PM

ok guys, you are NOT answering my questions.
I got some replacements.
I want to know what could go wrong in-order for them to break.
Or if you guys did anything that might of broken yours
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 09:11 PM

I am not sure what is causing the problem but i had the same thing. It appears that the rear bolt is slamming back into the stock or end cap. I was breaking pins as well. I then got HK pins and have not broken one. They are steel pins and fit just like the tippy ones. I think they were $3.00 a piece. My next problem was that i had a plastic CAR stock and that broke where the pins passed through. I then upgraded to an all metal stock and have noticed wear on the stock. i am now getting a stronger drive spring and glueing a oring on the inside of the stock to try and ease the force of the rear bolt. I will let you know if this helps. For now i would get the steel pins.
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Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:40 PM

Most aftermarked stocks do not have a buffer to absorb the rear bolt(hammer?) when when it slams back against it. So you have to make sure you have a large o-ring inbetween there.

I had the same problem after I installed my folding stock. After I inserted an o-ring I have never broken a pushpin.
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Posted 08 April 2008 - 03:27 PM

oh man, does that mean there could be more damage to the stock or the thing hitting the stock adapter?
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:02 AM

Did the top pin brake? Thats the one that broke for me....
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 01:04 PM

No it was the bottom.
I think the top one was a lil bent or not, I can't remeber
But I did replace them and have new ones..........

I just want to fix the promblem so It won't happen again
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 10:51 PM

its probably the stress and repeated hits from the hammer. the stock is a squeeze, right?
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 11:39 PM

I believe the problem's nature is in how the steel is formed into a pin. I am FAR from being an expert on this, but I'd venture to guess it's a cheaper process than it could be. For example, I would guess that a pin milled from solid steel stock would be much stronger than something pressed out of a sheet by a mold type thing.

I have been in contact with a member here, don't recall his name I'd have to check my PMs, who was going to make me a set of stainless steel pins. Expensive? Yes. But durable? Heck yes!
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Posted 10 April 2008 - 04:06 PM

its a squesse to get on, I got the lil rubber divider to get if from wigleing.
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Posted 10 April 2008 - 06:50 PM

The reason this happens is because the stock push pins are made of cheap aluminum. While aluminum is light and relatively strong, its not as strong as steel. This is the only reason. You weren't doing anything wrong, it just happens.

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 09:41 AM

Yea simple:
Hammer hits end cap or stock, repeating hits cause the break. A simple O-ring that fits nicely in the bolt chamber can be placed between the rear bolt and the end to absorb the hits.
And if you don't have any pins on hand when you break them, a nice stainless bolt and nut work nicely, never have to worry about breaking one of those :ghillie:
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Posted 11 April 2008 - 09:48 AM

Push pins break all the time, well at least on mine all the time. there quite easy to replace. You can rather go to your local pro shop and pick up a couple or you can go to Home Depot and get a couple things that work just as great like a wall stud?? I think thats what its called, its to protect the threads on a screw so they don't just tear out of the hole in the wall. They're the same size as a push pin and there a bit easier to get out.
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