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I've been really gentle in removing the takedown pin, but it seems inevitable that I'll end up scratching/chipping something eventually.

My question is; what to you use to remove your takedown pin ? I've been using a small flat head screwdriver, but I bet there is something else better out there....
 

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I also use a small flat head screwdriver, very carefully I might add, so I dont scratch anything
 

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Have you noticed how pulling the pin also pulls the frame plastic? It seems that eventually the plastic around the pin might bend/break?
 

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The sales Guy that sold me my LCP used LIVE bullet Base to pry the pin loose. My Cousin used this same procedure on a Kal-Tec and said his sales Guy showed him this trick. Not sure of the safety issue here but it did work.
 

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If you are worried about scratches, file down the edge of a plastic knife and use that....
 

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David Henry said:
The sales Guy that sold me my LCP used LIVE bullet Base to pry the pin loose. My Cousin used this same procedure on a Kal-Tec and said his sales Guy showed him this trick. Not sure of the safety issue here but it did work.
Use the rim of a LIVE rimfire cartridge ?? :eek:

That would mean the lead bullet is facing toward me or my hand....

Sure it may work, but that one is not for me....
 

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I use a small flat head screw driver also but slide a cleaning patch behind it so not to sratch the gun frame. Works for me.
 

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Mud Pie said:
David Henry said:
The sales Guy that sold me my LCP used LIVE bullet Base to pry the pin loose. My Cousin used this same procedure on a Kal-Tec and said his sales Guy showed him this trick. Not sure of the safety issue here but it did work.
Use the rim of a LIVE rimfire cartridge ?? :eek:

That would mean the lead bullet is facing toward me or my hand....

Sure it may work, but that one is not for me....
I agree Mud Pie, I don't plan on using this method either. There are lot's of safer ways to do this....
 

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I don't know about you guys, but my LCP is a Centerfire. Maybe you guys got a Canadian version or something? ::)

;D

I don't see how a centerfire cartridge would somehoe be set off when prying open the takedown pin.

FYI, most guns are designed to be fully stripped w/out tools (for obvious emegency convenience reasons), just using the parts that come on the gun and bullet cartridges. This is nothing new..
 

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LCP_Dogg said:
I don't know about you guys, but my LCP is a Centerfire. Maybe you guys got a Canadian version or something? ::)

;D

I don't see how a centerfire cartridge would somehoe be set off when prying open the takedown pin.

FYI, most guns are designed to be fully stripped w/out tools (for obvious emegency convenience reasons), just using the parts that come on the gun and bullet cartridges. This is nothing new..
Y'know what ? I re-read the original post, I don't know wheredehell I got "rimfire" cartridge.... ??? Unless the post was edited, which I doubt.....

As of late, most of my trigger time has been with 22's due to their low cost, maybe I had that on the brain.

Or maybe I'm just stooopid, that could be it !! :D
 

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I keep a spent cartirdge in my cleaning kit and my range back just for that purpose.
ruger beefed up that area around the take down pin. I seriously doubt if you will ever pull that plastic out of position, like most kt used to do as they never beefted that area up at all and it was very prone to pulling the plastic out and releasing the take down pin retainer spring. I just can't see this happening with the lcp. It is twice as strong in that area. a spent brass casing will pop it out with zero issues and brass will not mark to slide either..
 

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Just in case, though, I always apply downward pressure on the plastic around the takedown pin when prying the takedown pin. This way over time (maybe 100 times?) the plastic won't begin to weaken and some day crack. It's just a precaution.
 

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Just in case, though, I always apply downward pressure on the plastic around the takedown pin when prying the takedown pin. This way over time (maybe 100 times?) the plastic won't begin to weaken and some day crack. It's just a precaution.
a wise thing to do. When I owned my 3 worthless kt products. I had to make a clamp out of one of those ratcheting type clamps and I just cut a v notch in one of the jaws and it ratcheted right around the take down pin and held the grip tight as I wanted it. never had an issue with the kt's after doing that. Course not something one would carry in his gun box either in case of emergency. I think ruger seen that in their design and certainly beefed it up compared to the kt grip in that area
 
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I use the top of the magazine. If you pull back slightly on the slide it comes out easier because it relieves pressure from the barrel on the pin. I found that it helps it go in easier too.

I worried at first that it might bend or weaken the magazine but it's been fine so far. It doesn't take much pressure anyways. I clean the LCP after firing in the field then again later when home to lube it and inspect things and I haven't had any scratching problems.
 

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I use the flat side of a p38
P38 ??

When I was in the Corps, we called them "John Waynes".... :D Those tools were the handiest toss away tool the military invented !! I still have one on my key ring and it served as a flat head screwdriver MANY a time.

Of course nowadays, the boyz have them fancy-schmancy MRE's with them high-tech heater bags. We had C-rats, with heat tabs, canned food, and the "goody bag" that had two pieces of gum, salt, pepper, sugar, matches and (sometimes) 2 stale cigarettes. Good thing I didn't smoke back then because you could trade the cigs for the all-mighty chocolate-bar-in-a-can, affectionately known as the sh*t disk... ;D

And, no, I didn't serve during WWII !! I entered in 1979 !!
 

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I use my knife that I carry with me everywhere anyway. I have tested it and can pull the pin with a thumbnail if I have to, but the knife works perfectly... get the edge under the pin head, angle the knife body down, and pop!

The cartridge base is a great idea, too. Never would have thought of it.
 

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I generally use whatever is laying on the coffee table. I kind of like to keep my McGyver skills up, you never know when you might need to improvise.
 

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habanero said:
I generally use whatever is laying on the coffee table. I kind of like to keep my McGyver skills up, you never know when you might need to improvise.

habanero,

++++1 on the mcgyver skills, but a real man uses his teeth. ;)
since, i am not a real man; i use a plastic spoon.


best regards,
x ;D
 
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