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Old September 22, 2012, 01:47 PM   #1
Join Date: February 21, 2009
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 27
How to remove pistol "insert" pins

I'm replacing the backstrap on a S&W 639 9mm square trigger guard/all SS (houses the mainspring as on a 1911). The insert pin at the heal is rounded on one end, the other end is flat. So, which end do I hit with punch and hammer? Is there a correct direction I should be moving the pin? Should pin be removed in opposite direction as installed, or can I just drive it right on through?
Don't want to break this little sweety, it's one of my favorites.
I've dis-assembled 1911's before, replacing triggers and mainsprings, but never a S&W 639 - the three little thingies under the slide and the thought of them laying the bench have always frightened me.
Where is it written a man shall have but one gun?
Though our WANTS are many, A man NEEDS few things, A loin cloth and a knife come to mind, and I'm not so sure about the loin cloth.

Last edited by lel; September 22, 2012 at 02:10 PM. Reason: a 639, not 629
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