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Old May 26, 2020, 08:09 PM   #1
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Bauer Saga goes on and on and on and . . .

So, for those of you who have been following this craziness, I've been through two more mag releases. You'll recall the one poly one? I got it from Precision Small Arms and it was designed for the other kind of spring. There are two kinds of spring that work with this mag release. I assumed PSA would send me the one that worked with the Bauer since that's what I told them I had.) Anyway PSA suggested I could modify the poly with some careful plastic surgery. (Pun intended.) Long story short, it didn't work.

So I got a metal mag release from a place called innovative industries. It came today and on the first installation attempt one of the "ears" that the retaining pin goes through broke off. (See pic attached below.) I've got an e-mail into innovative industry to see what they say.

This is a really hard piece to install. The only way I've figured out how to get it in there is to assemble the latch, mag release bar and spring on a temporary pin (part of a toothpick) get it lined up in the right place with the right hole in the grip and drive the temp pin out with the real deal. Seriously hard to do. They must have had some special tools to build these thing.

If I knew of an FFL gunsmith I could send this two I would. In running condition this gun appears to be worth 4 to 6 hundred. Between original purchase and $$$ for parts I've blown passed the 3 bills line.

Would really like to get his thing rolling again.

Nonetheless . . .

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Old May 26, 2020, 10:56 PM   #2
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Most gunsmiths know nothing about pocket pistols.
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Old May 27, 2020, 01:15 PM   #3
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Do you still have both pieces of the broken stainless mag catch?
If so, send them to me.
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Old May 27, 2020, 02:22 PM   #4
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Bill . . .

Bill:

I do and will do. Look for an e-mail from me with a query.

Life is good.

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Old May 27, 2020, 07:01 PM   #5
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will you just send that thing to Bill and let him fix it for you?
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Old May 27, 2020, 07:31 PM   #6
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Can't do that- I don't have an FFL!
You know you are enjoying reading this saga, anyway.
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Old May 28, 2020, 01:49 AM   #7
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Most gunsmiths know nothing about pocket pistols.
While that may be partly true, most pocket pistols have been out of production for so long (50-ish years) that many gunsmiths simply do not want another project that keeps coming back to haunt them. Like the old military 32ACP pistols from between the wars, they are old and tired and keep breaking as you repair them. I will not work on guns I cannot buy parts for, I don't care how much the owner whines. That said, I love old guns and love shooting them, but I will not fix them for customers, it's just not worth it. Customers will not pay for hours and hours of shop time to repair guns worth $50.
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Old May 28, 2020, 02:33 AM   #8
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Bauers are worth considerably more than $50, and parts are available.
Pocket pistols require quite a bit of familiarity to be properly worked on.
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Old May 28, 2020, 07:15 PM   #9
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Can't do that- I don't have an FFL!
You know you are enjoying reading this saga, anyway.
LOL, I do, to a point. however this has gotten to the point of him fixing one thing and breaking another.
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