Murdoc doesn’t exactly have a gunsmithing shop in his basement. Murdoc is the same kind of gunsmith that he is an auto mechanic: Most of the basic stuff is easily do-able, and even a lot of the more complicated stuff is achievable with instructions and enough time.
So he grabbed his brass gunsmithing punches and proceeded to attempt to remove the standard gas block/front sight post from his AR.
Lesson Learned: Just keep hitting it until the pins come out.
Another Lesson Learned: Don’t waste your brass gunsmith punches on that project…you just end up with no brass gunsmith punches.
I have an opportunity to check out an Alexander Arms AR-Fix piston retro-fit kit, so the direct gas system had to come off. I can’t imagine that it’s always as difficult as it was for me, but I also have trouble believe it’s ever as easy as it looked in the video at Brownells.
Both the AR-Fix gas block and the gas block I’ll be using when the kit has to go back go on with hex screws. No more pins.