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 How to remove A2 buttstock for sling plate installation?
chuckhammer  [Team Member]
9/11/2003 4:04:18 PM
It seems simple enough but I firgured I would ask here for "lessons learned" before doing it.
notack  [Team Member]
9/11/2003 6:21:32 PM
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chuckhammer  [Team Member]
9/11/2003 6:39:24 PM
Much appreciated. How do I properly torque the buffer tube in place? Neither of my two torque wrenches has a "tube" adapter [;)].
wyv3rn  [Team Member]
9/11/2003 6:39:48 PM
All I can speak for is telescoping stocks, I've never played with a fixed. Make sure you have a good stock wrench. Loosen the stock ring, keep the plate pressed firmly against the rear of the lower. Carefully pull the plate back, making sure not to loose the spring and detent for the takedown pin. The rest is really simple.
chuckhammer  [Team Member]
9/11/2003 6:43:10 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By wyv3rn: All I can speak for is telescoping stocks, I've never played with a fixed. Make sure you have a good stock wrench. Loosen the stock ring, keep the plate pressed firmly against the rear of the lower. Carefully pull the plate back, making sure not to loose the spring and detent for the takedown pin. The rest is really simple.[/quote] I should have clarified: Edited to add "A2" to title.
wyv3rn  [Team Member]
9/11/2003 6:44:21 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By chuckhammer: Much appreciated. How do I properly torque the buffer tube in place? Neither of my two torque wrenches has a "tube" adapter [;)].[/quote] In the case of a telescoping stock, the tube is not torqued, it is placed just far enough to hold down the buffer retainer with the buffer retainer post protruding. BTW, Make sure you don't loose this part or its spring when you unscrew the buffer tube. What you're probably wondering about is the buffer tube retaining ring/nut. Just tighten it down by hand as best you can with a tele-stock wrench, it's not going anywhere. The torque specification isn't any tighter than you can get with your hands and a wrench. Don't go overboard and rip up threads. I found this is VERY hard to do, even with 9" of leverage (I have a good stock wrench).
PPD  [Team Member]
9/12/2003 9:23:47 PM
All you need to do is remove the top buttstock screw and the buttstock will slide right off the tube. Just be careful not to loose the spring and detent for the rear takedown pin. I wouldn't worry to much about "torquing" an A2 buffer tube. The rear of the tube has a built-in square nut, so if you use an adjustable wrench you'll be all set. There's also a limiting ring on the receiver end of the buffer tube, so you won't be able to tighten any further than that anyways.
chuckhammer  [Team Member]
9/13/2003 1:25:49 AM
[quote]Originally Posted By PPD: All you need to do is remove the top buttstock screw and the buttstock will slide right off the tube. Just be careful not to loose the spring and detent for the rear takedown pin. I wouldn't worry to much about "torquing" an A2 buffer tube. The rear of the tube has a built-in square nut, so if you use an adjustable wrench you'll be all set. There's also a limiting ring on the receiver end of the buffer tube, so you won't be able to tighten any further than that anyways.[/quote] Now that I think about it, do I even need to remove the buffer tube to install a reciever end plate sling attachment? Perhaps removing only the buttstock itself will do the trick?
TREETOP  [Dealer]
9/13/2003 1:48:14 AM
[quote]Originally Posted By chuckhammer: Now that I think about it, do I even need to remove the buffer tube to omstall a reciever end plate sling attachment? Perhaps removing only the buttstock itself will do the trick?[/quote] If it's a GRSC/DPMS sling loop, the tube doesn't need to come off. The top screw comes out of the buttplate, the stock slides off the tube (without losing the detent spring for the rear takedown pin), then the adaptor goes on and the whole shebang goes back together. There's an extra spacer to use inside the stock and there's a replacement longer screw with the GRSC/DPMS adaptor, I can't speak for sure on other brands.