October 10, 2006, 11:35 AM
I am in the process of refinishing a Star BM and I would like to remove the firing pin. Removing the rear sight reveals the large head of what appears to be the firing pin's retaining pin. The smaller end of that retaining pin appears to be exposed on the under side of the slide. Sooooo ... it would seem logical that a little tap with a punch on the small end of the retaining pin would take care of things, but the retaining pin doesn't move, even with a reasonably firm tap. I just wanted to know if this just needs more force, or if there is a trick (ie. the firing pin needs to be in a certain position, or some such thing).