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    No5 Enfield ?

    How do you remove the rear handguard ring with the flash hider in place? Ron (Canadaicon)

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    Peter Laidlericon covered this off in 2013:

    "Off thread a little bit....... But the ring, retaining rear handguards used to rust through at the bottom and the book stated that the flash eliminator should be removed to replace it. Obviously written by someone who hadn't done it many times. In practice, it was far easier to just unbreech, replace ring and breech up or better still, snip (do not cut with hacksaw as it leaves it too small diameter afterwards.....) new ring at bottom, bend to clear narrowest point of barrel and close up again. Braze ends back together."

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    Remove the flash hider, or the barrel from the receiver or cut the rear ring. Unless you know David Copperfield.

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    All good advice. Which way do you drift out the pins holding the flash hider? Ron (Canadaicon).

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    Each to their own, but why risk damaging the flash hider Ron? If it were my rifle, and there is nothing wrong with the flash hider, why risk damaging it. Snip the hand guard ring and braze it back together again. It'll be hidden from view, unlike an unsightly punch mark if your pin punch slips off the side of the retaining pin. Even with the retaining pins removed you'll have to coax the flash hider off the barrel and you risk damaging the sight protectors when you remove it and then again when you go to put it back on the barrel.

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    I agree, a small wire feed repair will sort it out. Second, I'd unbreech and rebreech as I can do that. If you can without damage to the carbine...but the snip and tack weld with wire feed would be easiest.

    Don't try to drive out the pins as they may come in from opposite sides, or maybe from the same side... and the F/H may or may not come off easily.
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I agree, a small wire feed repair will sort it out. Second, I'd unbreech and rebreech as I can do that. If you can without damage to the carbine...but the snip and tack weld with wire feed would be easiest.

    Don't try to drive out the pins as they may come in from opposite sides, or maybe from the same side... and the F/H may or may not come off easily.
    but the snip and tack weld with wire feed would be easiest.


    Spot on Jim, whats the old adage, "keep it simple stupid"
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    "keep it simple stupid"
    I just think it might work...
    Regards, Jim

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    I think it depends on whether you're fortunate enough to have a barreling vice (vise) in your garage/workshop. If you've got the kit it's pretty straight forward.


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