Operating handle removal

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Long Recoil
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Operating handle removal

Post by Long Recoil » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:43 pm

I got another M8 for Christmas and can't get the operating handle out. I've disassembled my other M8 before but can't get this one to slide out.

It's a 1908 rifle. The op handle moves within its dovetail but it seems that I can't pull up the retaing pin far enough for it to slide out. The pin doesn't have the grasping lip that my later M8 has.

Any ideas? Anyone have the same problem?

Thanks!
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Bandersnatch
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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by Bandersnatch » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:11 am

Pics?
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Long Recoil
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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by Long Recoil » Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:52 pm

Here are a couple pics. I can take others if needed. It seems like the retaining pin won't lift enough. I might have to remove the bushing.
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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by Fred » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:41 pm

Maybe try some needle nosed pliers with a little cardboard to grab the pin and give 'er a tug?

Otherwise, ya, beg/borrow/steal a spanner to disassemble the retention pin/spring.

Long Recoil
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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by Long Recoil » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:14 pm

Yeah, I've tried pliers. I guess I'll have to make a spanner. I'll start soaking it in Kroil. I'm sure it hasn't been taken apart in 110 years!

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jack1653
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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by jack1653 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:13 am

Hey Long Recoil,

Take a look at this thread. http://thegreatmodel8.remingtonsociety. ... 41e6592ce3

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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by chas1949 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:48 pm

This is what I found to R/R operating handle bushings. It is an EasyPower # 16 spanner bit. Also comes as a spanner driver (like screw driver). Fits tight in the holes in bushing and has worked very well for me. Lightly clamp op handle in soft jaw vise, tap bit into holes and use 1/4 drive ratchet to remove bushing.
Stubborn bushings that soaking does not free I have used hand held torch to warm just a bit then cool with spray penetrant on bushing. May have to replace spring if too much heat is used....
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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by jack1653 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:48 pm

Hey chas1949,

That looks so much better than what I made. Where can I get one?

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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by chas1949 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:42 pm

Zoro tools or Amazon, search EasyPower #16 spanner bit

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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by Long Recoil » Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:46 am

I just discovered that an FNFAL front sight tool is perfect for removing the bushing.
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Re: Operating handle removal problem

Post by Phyrbird » Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:35 pm

Yeah!! Thats what I'm talkin'bout :D :!: :!:
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