Everything posted by Newt Ritter
Part 21 is secured in the receiver by simple (ha! this is where the L shaped tweezers come into play) insertion of the short end into a small hole in the receiver. The long end goes into a small hole in part 22. #22 is placed in it's proper hole from the inside of the receiver, you push it up a little bit to expose the #21 hole, put the long end of #21 in that hole, then get the short end of #21 in the hole in the receiver. This would all be easier if you could see inside the @#$% receiver to see what you were doing. If you lose or break #21, any decent steel wire of the right diameter can be used as a substitute.
A pair of tweezers with an "L" shaped tip was the best solution I've found (and receiver and bolt out of the frame so you have room). Patience, yelling, cussing a lot, and occasionally stomping around also help.
You can use a pipe cutter - wrap tape (masking tape, electrical tape, duck tape) around the forward part of the barrel (the narrower part) above where you want to make the cut. Do that until you have built up that narrow part to where it is the same dimension as the broader part and, with part of your pipe cutter resting on that taped section, you can cut a relatively straight line. At least as straight as I was ever able to manage a hacksaw cut. Then with a little filing, a little round filing around the barrel to make it look nicer, and a little touch up bluing it should look real good. Oh, good luck with the bluing on the steel of a '97.