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Gun Screws

Post by Fire Escape on 1/15/2016, 10:30 am

This may not belong in this section but .... where?

Usually when I need a 'special' gun screw not on hand (I am a hobbyist, no big part inventory), I need to order some from Brownell's. Sometimes that means waiting until I 'need' (or can afford) enough things to make a worthwhile order, so the project has to be set aside.
While wandering the 'Pick-Nut' section of my local True Value Hardware store yesterday I noticed something that I had not seen before, several trays specifically marked as "Gun Screws". Not sure of all the sizes but I did note 6-48 and 8-32 with fillister and oval heads as well as some set screws.
Might be worth checking out the next time you are in your local store, could be a big time saver.


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Post by weber1b on 1/15/2016, 11:35 am

I love True Value as a source of single unusual size screws. The big guys don't want to deal with that stuff (volume only) and True Value has folks who know their products.

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Post by beeser on 1/15/2016, 1:00 pm

The last place I would buy screws would be Brownell's.  Our local True Value along with others nearby contract with a separate company to stock and service all of their fasteners.  They even straighten out the bins.  The only thing TV employees do is help customers with their purchase.  One owner of a True Value store stated that a significant part of their revenue was derived from just nuts and bolts.

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Post by 1joel1 on 1/18/2016, 9:46 am

I would also recommend a nice set of hollow ground straight tip screwdrivers.

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Post by Fire Escape on 1/18/2016, 10:52 pm

Agreed but I have not found hollow ground screw drivers at True Value.


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Post by Jack H on 1/18/2016, 11:31 pm

Track down your Snap-on guy and select some electronic screwdrivers.
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Post by 1joel1 on 1/19/2016, 8:26 am

I don't think that Snap On make them, though they might make hollow ground bits. I bought this:

http://www.amazon.com/Grace-USA-Screwdriver-Gunsmithing-Screwdrivers/dp/B0030HL5O0

and never looked back. Nearly all my tools are Snap On, but for gun work, these are very good.

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Post by Froneck on 1/19/2016, 8:28 am

Yeah True Value has quite a selection. Making the 1911 grip adapters for my Feinwerkbau AW93 just before Perry I wanted to Anodize the Aluminum but didn't have time so I order the spray paint for aluminum from Brownell's. Came a day before I had to leave for Perry so I quickly removed the screws and painted the aluminum. Set the pieces in the sun to cure and put all the screws in a pill bottle. So that I would not scratch the painted aluminum because it needed more time to cure I put them on the deck below my rear window of my car to cook in the sun. The gun and all the other parts were in the case that comes with the AW.
 At Perry I decided to assemble the gun only to find I have everything needed except the screws! When making the adapter I didn't want to alter the gun so that at any time I could return it to as made stock with out any cuts or holes anywhere. I therefore used the threaded holes used for the grips provided by Feinwerkbau.
 A trip to TV in Port Clinton got me all the screws I needed even the metric ones! I assembled the gun and shot in the rain!

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