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Good set of punches

Post by Janik » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:32 pm

I'm in search of a good set of punches. I just did my first trigger job on a TP9DA and busted several of the 1/16th punches. I made trips to different hardware stores to try different brands. Any recommendations on a quality set of roll punches and other punches. So far I've busted 5 from 4 different brands. I just need a good set that won't snap. Thanks.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by ncjw » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:49 pm

Starrett S565WB Drive Pin Punch 8-Piece Set, 1/16"-5/16" Pin Diameters, 4" Overall Length, In Plastic Case

Yes, stupid expensive but the only ones where the 1/16th didn't bend (well, that is until I stupidly tried to use it as a micro pry bar, but it can be straightened again...).

I did go with a cheap roll pin set and haven't had a problem with cheap there.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by Janik » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:52 pm

ncjw wrote:
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I did go with a cheap roll pin set and haven't had a problem with cheap there.
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I just snapped another one. Bought a few extra at Menards. I keep busting them on the take down lever pin. I'm up to 6 busted punches now. That pin is ridiculous. I'll look at Starrett. Thanks.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by ncjw » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:59 pm

Yeah, that pin sucks.

I wonder if there is a small, self-tapping screw that could replace it and make moddng the pistol a lot simpler. FSmith might sell a lot more triggers if people weren't frustrated by that danged pin.

Other than that, a clever aftermarket solution would be nice. There a lot of cheap extended takedown levers for Glock.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by TL1000RSquid » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:44 pm

Tagged for interest I might invest in a good set.. I just been buying and replacing as I bend or break the cheap ones.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by Janik » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:45 pm

@GlennSFX and @Weapon , I know you guys do a lot of modding on your guns as well.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by GlennSFX » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:53 pm

I bought these years ago when I built a few ARs. Used them to work on the SFx as well with no issues. Good quality punches!
http://www.graceusatools.com/item-detai ... egory_id=1

$40 on Amazon...
https://www.amazon.com/Grace-USA-Gunsmi ... B007WADLBQ
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by GlennSFX » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:02 pm

Janik wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:52 pm
ncjw wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:49 pm
I did go with a cheap roll pin set and haven't had a problem with cheap there.
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I just snapped another one. Bought a few extra at Menards. I keep busting them on the take down lever pin. I'm up to 6 busted punches now. That pin is ridiculous. I'll look at Starrett. Thanks.
For that "stupid little pin"...this is what I use and never have a problem...
ICE PICK!
Drives it out and no damage to the frame.

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Re: Good set of punches

Post by runeight » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:07 pm

Can’t post link.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by runeight » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:11 pm



I give.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by Janik » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:18 pm

GlennSFX wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:02 pm
For that "stupid little pin"...this is what I use and never have a problem...
ICE PICK!
Drives it out and no damage to the frame.
Damn, really? Did you buy it at home depot, or find it online? I went through 6 1/16th punches today so far. That pin has me really pissed off. But I did finally get both triggers replaced in a V2 and DA.

Edit: I forgot I had a Husky pick set. I grabbed my straight pick, and just punched the pin out with ease. Now, I did bust a few punches trying to get it out the first time, so maybe it's loosened up a bit. But I do have a trigger to put in my Elite, so I'll use it on that. I'm half tempted to grab one of my Caniks I haven't punched the pin out of yet just to see how it works.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by GlennSFX » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:23 pm

Janik wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:18 pm
GlennSFX wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:02 pm
For that "stupid little pin"...this is what I use and never have a problem...
ICE PICK!
Drives it out and no damage to the frame.
Damn, really? Did you buy it at home depot, or find it online? I went through 6 1/16th punches today so far. That pin has me really pissed off. But I did finally get both triggers replaced in a V2 and DA.
Good ol' Home Depot "Huskey" brand!!! :lol:
Used it to initially install the FS trigger and again to replace the broken safety lever.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by Janik » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:24 pm

GlennSFX wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:23 pm
Janik wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:18 pm
GlennSFX wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:02 pm
For that "stupid little pin"...this is what I use and never have a problem...
ICE PICK!
Drives it out and no damage to the frame.
Damn, really? Did you buy it at home depot, or find it online? I went through 6 1/16th punches today so far. That pin has me really pissed off. But I did finally get both triggers replaced in a V2 and DA.
Good old Home Depot "Huskey" brand!!! :lol:
Used it to initially install the FS trigger and again to replace the broken safety lever.
I just updated my last response to you. Found my Husky pick set and it popped the friggin' pin right out. It was so easy I almost lost the pin. lol

Edit: Just grabbed my Elite and tried it, damn pin was coming right out. Awesome!
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by FrankW » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:28 pm

Hi Janik,

I use a short starter punch set from Grace. I have found that after you get the pin to move initially it is easier to drive the pin the rest of the way out. The problem with the started set is you need a few longer punches to align parts and finish driving out the pins.

https://www.amazon.com/Grace-USA-Gunsmi ... +punch+sett

Frank
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by GlennSFX » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:29 pm

Janik wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:24 pm
GlennSFX wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:23 pm
Janik wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:18 pm

Damn, really? Did you buy it at home depot, or find it online? I went through 6 1/16th punches today so far. That pin has me really pissed off. But I did finally get both triggers replaced in a V2 and DA.
Good old Home Depot "Huskey" brand!!! :lol:
Used it to initially install the FS trigger and again to replace the broken safety lever.
I just updated my last response to you. Found my Husky pick set and it popped the friggin' pin right out. It was so easy I almost lost the pin. lol
:lol: ...All you need now is the "Staples Button"...

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Re: Good set of punches

Post by runeight » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:41 pm



Awwyeee, can’t paste!
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by Janik » Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:59 pm

runeight wrote:
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Awwyeee, can’t paste!
Got em bookmarked, thanks.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by Janik » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:00 pm

FrankW wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:28 pm
Hi Janik,

I use a short starter punch set from Grace. I have found that after you get the pin to move initially it is easier to drive the pin the rest of the way out. The problem with the started set is you need a few longer punches to align parts and finish driving out the pins.

https://www.amazon.com/Grace-USA-Gunsmi ... +punch+sett

Frank
I may have to get these. Looks like it would make for a decent way to get the difficult pins started.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by runeight » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:23 pm

Amazon has a nice punch set with roll pin and flat punches. Around $47.00. Tekton.

Can’t seem to post the link.
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Re: Good set of punches

Post by runeight » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:31 pm

Janik wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:00 pm
FrankW wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:28 pm
Hi Janik,

I use a short starter punch set from Grace. I have found that after you get the pin to move initially it is easier to drive the pin the rest of the way out. The problem with the started set is you need a few longer punches to align parts and finish driving out the pins.

https://www.amazon.com/Grace-USA-Gunsmi ... +punch+sett

Frank
I may have to get these. Looks like it would make for a decent way to get the difficult pins started.
To short. Need longer.
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