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    Palmetto State Armory Detent Pins?

    I put together my first lower the other day and for the most part it was straight forward. The only part that I'm worried that might be wrong is the orientation of the detent pins on the pivot and takedown pins.

    The problem is that the PSA detent pins have both a rounded and a sharper cone like side. In all instruction videos they say to put the "rounded side" toward the takedown pins. But most other detent pins look like one side is flat, the other rounded. I guessed that the rounded side was supposed to be the flat side, and the agressive sharp side was supposed to be the "rounded".

    Does anyone know if I installed the more aggressive pointy side of the detent pin toward the takedown pins if this was backwards?

    The pivot pin has been extremely hard to get in and out (slowly getting better) and still needs to be punched out gently. Worried I got the detent pin backwards. The takedown is much easier to move than the pivot.

    Thanks for your advice, just want to make sure this was correct.

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    Forgot to mention concern #2 - the safety selector.

    For some reason even with the hammer cocked back, it was nearly impossible to get the safety selector through the receiver all the way. I could squirm it through by hand on the left side, but then it wouldnt line up on the right. The bottom part of the trigger assembly had just enough metal high enough to block an easy push through. After marring up my reciever a bit trying to muscle it through, I ended up with a hammer and eventually was able to get the selector to seat all the way through.

    It seemed like maybe the bottom piece of the trigger was out of spec - getting in the way by less than a MM. But now that it is in, the safety seems to function properly.

    Is this normal? Any risks by forcing it in?

    Thanks - my first lower build, not sure what is normal. These are the two unusual issues I had with this PSA lower kit.

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    I would think that the pointed end of the detent pin goes toward the spring and the rounded end towards the take down pin. The detent pin slides along the groove in the take down pin when it moves back and forth, rounded is better.

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    I've used a few psa parts kits and always put the sharp point in first. Never had trouble with a safety, sorry, can't help on that one.

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    Could be your lower receiver is slightly out of tolerance or on the high side of tolerance.
    What lower did you install the parts kit in?
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    They are illigetimate weapons that have no real purpose other than to attract retards to the gun community.

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    The lower is a LAR Grizzly, I'd be surprised if it was the reciever - it looked visually like the two holes lined up properly, just a bit of the trigger base higher than it should be - barely. Is there any risk that I installed the trigger incorrectly? It function checks, I don't see how I could have impacted the height of the base trigger part. It just worries me a bit as it seems like it should slide right through and I forced it in there.

    As for the detent pin, too bad there are no instructions on this from PSA. I'm with you guys, the round side should probably touch the pin which is what I was afraid of... I just thought perhaps the pointed side made sure it would hold positively and not loosen on accident, especially since it was the taller end. Still hoping to get an official answer from PSA. It makes me curious why they made their detent this way? Confusing for first timers. Maybe the pointy side is supposed to keep spring more secure? Looks like its back to youtube/brownells to figure out how to reverse the pivot pin install...
    Last edited by Red Rezin; 11-16-12 at 14:12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rezin View Post
    The lower is a LAR Grizzly, I'd be surprised if it was the reciever - it looked visually like the two holes lined up properly, just a bit of the trigger base higher than it should be - barely. Is there any risk that I installed the trigger incorrectly? It function checks, I don't see how I could have impacted the height of the base trigger part. It just worries me a bit as it seems like it should slide right through and I forced it in there.

    As for the detent pin, too bad there are no instructions on this from PSA. I'm with you guys, the round side should probably touch the pin which is what I was afraid of... I just thought perhaps the pointed side made sure it would hold positively and not loosen on accident, especially since it was the taller end. Still hoping to get an official answer from PSA. It makes me curious why they made their detent this way? Confusing for first timers. Maybe the pointy side is supposed to keep spring more secure? Looks like its back to youtube/brownells to figure out how to reverse the pivot pin install...
    The holes in the receiver may line up, but are they to spec?
    http://www.quarterbore.com/store/ar15receiver.jpg
    Quote Originally Posted by scottryan View Post
    Anybody that owns or sells pistol versions of assault rifles is a bottom feeder, irregardless of the ban status of certain ammunition.

    They are illigetimate weapons that have no real purpose other than to attract retards to the gun community.

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