Bullseye-L Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

+5
mspingeld
DavidR
Jon Eulette
Ed Hall
xmastershooter
9 posters

Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by xmastershooter Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:11 am

Need some guidance on replacing a broken firing pin on the Hammerli 208S.  I see a retaining pin which holds the firing pin into position. How would I tap this pin out?  Otherwise, I believe it looks to be a very straightforward procedure.  Your input is very much appreciated.

Norman

xmastershooter

Posts : 219
Join date : 2011-06-10

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by Ed Hall Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:17 am

Hi Norman,

Although straight forward, I don't consider it easy, especially if it is the first time the retaining pin is to be removed.  The pin has a head on the top and must be driven out from the bottom with a good quality punch.  It will take quite a pounding to get it started and then only a little bit less to finish the job.  A medium to poor quality punch will bend/break.  Even with a good quality punch, make sure you are hitting it squarely.

Replacing the pin, although easier, is still a challenge.  You might want to use a brass punch for that, so when it slips off the head the scratch can be cleaned up.  It is also easier, if you use your original punch from underneath to hold the firing pin in place and let the retaining pin push the punch out as it is driven into place.  Make sure you do drive it all the way in, or close to it.  There isn't much clearance under the rear sight bridge.  Even if you don't have the bridge on now, if you ever do put it on, you don't want to mess around with the pin sticking up in the way.

Let me know if I've overstated anything.  I've replaced my pin many times.  It is getting easier, but...

Ed Hall

Posts : 1048
Join date : 2012-09-11
Location : Adirondack Mountains

http://www.starreloaders.com/edhall/

jglenn21 likes this post

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by xmastershooter Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:14 am

Hi Ed,

Thank you for your expertise.  This will be my third replacement so hopefully the retaining pin comes out easier.  I spoke to an Army armorer at Camp Perry one year and he said they replace this firing pin about once a year for their shooters.  Yet I know of several fellow shooters who never had a problem.  Will give you a progress report soon.

Norman

xmastershooter

Posts : 219
Join date : 2011-06-10

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by Jon Eulette Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:49 am

My old 208 I shot many years ago broke the firing pin somewhere in the neighborhood of 100,000 rounds. Lucked out that I was shooting a match that Hammerli factory support was there. New firing pin at no cost. That's service!
Jon
Jon Eulette
Jon Eulette

Posts : 4399
Join date : 2013-04-15
Location : Southern Kalifornia

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by Ed Hall Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:39 am

Sounds good, Norman.

Hi Jon,

I've broken about 4 since around 2000.  I do think the first one was quite a while after purchase.  I attributed the failures to too sharp a radius in the pin profile and dry firing.  I consider the failures just a training cost.  I did have one fail on the second dry fire after installation.  It and a second one were from a new batch that Larry had made stateside.  He replaced both at his cost and I haven't had any failures from the latest (unless that's why it gave me trouble at the league, which I haven't checked yet - must be getting lazy)...

Although I do have a spare firing pin in my gunbox, I don't expect to ever try to swap it at a match.  But, I'm covered by also having a second complete slide in my box.  Way easier to swap!(smile)

Ed Hall

Posts : 1048
Join date : 2012-09-11
Location : Adirondack Mountains

http://www.starreloaders.com/edhall/

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by Ed Hall Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:18 pm

Ed Hall wrote:...(unless that's why it gave me trouble at the league, which I haven't checked yet - must be getting lazy)...
Yep, the firing pin had become a two-piece model.  A new one is in place and ready to propel me to much higher levels than my 10-1x Rapid Fire target last week...

Ed Hall

Posts : 1048
Join date : 2012-09-11
Location : Adirondack Mountains

http://www.starreloaders.com/edhall/

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by DavidR Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:30 pm

Nicely put changing it is a bitch, i gave up and sent mine to larry carter, he doesnt charge much, shipped him the slide only, 6.00 each way priority mail
DavidR
DavidR
Admin

Posts : 3032
Join date : 2011-06-10
Age : 69
Location : NRA:Expert, Georgia

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by xmastershooter Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:19 am

Hi Ed,

Thank you for your articulate descriptions via this forum. You are truly a scholar and a gentleman. I experienced every detail you had described.  I had a "virgin" punch of the exact diameter needed, from my set which I bought from Gil Hebard I believe around 1977. I needed the confirmation that moderate pounding was necessary.

I had to think how to tap/pound the retaining pin back into place after installing the new firing pin while having the punch sticking out and under as it kept the firing pin in position. I used a small sheet of flat cork material rolled up and placed between side-by-side wooden blocks built up to the needed height. I now have a firm surface to tap while the punch is held up in place against this cork roll, but the cork also gave way as the punch started to back out while the retaining pin was tapped deeper into position.  A piece of foam rubber would work just as well.

I'll order another firing pin for a spare.  Do you know the present cost?  I also have a two-piece souvenir firing pin now.

Norman

xmastershooter

Posts : 219
Join date : 2011-06-10

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by Ed Hall Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:51 pm

Hi Norman,

I'm glad I was helpful and good to hear you're back in business. According to Larry's web site, they're $23.00, plus shipping:

208s Firing Pin at larrysguns.com

I bought several a few years ago, but as of Monday, I'm down to one spare.  I would normally wait to buy parts at Camp Perry, but if the information from elsewhere on the forum remains true, Larry won't be there this year.  I may need to order from his store if I break another one.

Ed Hall

Posts : 1048
Join date : 2012-09-11
Location : Adirondack Mountains

http://www.starreloaders.com/edhall/

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by xmastershooter Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:43 am

Ed Hall wrote:
Replacing the pin, although easier, is still a challenge.  You might want to use a brass punch for that, so when it slips off the head the scratch can be cleaned up.  It is also easier, if you use your original punch from underneath to hold the firing pin in place and let the retaining pin push the punch out as it is driven into place.  Make sure you do drive it all the way in, or close to it.  There isn't much clearance under the rear sight bridge.  Even if you don't have the bridge on now, if you ever do put it on, you don't want to mess around with the pin sticking up in the way.Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Dscn4714
Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Dscn4715
Hi Ed,

Another broken firing pin and I question the quality of these replacement firing pins.  Anyhow, I thought of using a refrigerator magnet sheet as an protective apron.  A hot nail melted a hole of the approximate size of the retaining pin which secures the firing pin.  Tapping the pin flush was then a rather easy task without the worry of the punch slipping and scratching the slide.

xmastershooter

Posts : 219
Join date : 2011-06-10

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by Ed Hall Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:07 pm

Hi Norman,

Great approach!  I will have to consider something similar next time.

I have gone through many pins, especially when I was more actively dry firing.  There have been quality variations with different batches over the years.  I did break one on the second dry fire after install.  Larry Carter swapped that one out for a new one from a different batch for me.  That was probably well past ten years ago.  That one might have been from the first batch of domestic pins he had made.  The problem is with the radius in the design being too sharp.  The softness of the dry fire plug may help lead to failure by allowing the spring to go solid when struck.

Ed Hall

Posts : 1048
Join date : 2012-09-11
Location : Adirondack Mountains

http://www.starreloaders.com/edhall/

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by mspingeld Sat Jun 17, 2023 8:59 am

Two broken 3/32" punches (one Starrett, one Dasco). No luck. Help!

mspingeld
Admin

Posts : 805
Join date : 2014-04-19
Age : 63
Location : New Jersey

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by mspingeld Sat Jun 17, 2023 9:43 am

Ok. Got it!

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Img_5911

mspingeld
Admin

Posts : 805
Join date : 2014-04-19
Age : 63
Location : New Jersey

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by DA/SA Sat Jun 17, 2023 6:51 pm

Always buy two punches and shorten one up to about 1/4”. Use the short one first to get the pin moving, then drive it out using the longer one. Sometimes three punches isn’t a bad idea so you have three lengths for really tough pins.
DA/SA
DA/SA

Posts : 1310
Join date : 2017-10-09
Age : 67
Location : Southeast Florida

mspingeld and jglenn21 like this post

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by mspingeld Sat Jun 17, 2023 7:15 pm

Thanks for the suggestion. How would I cut the punch?

mspingeld
Admin

Posts : 805
Join date : 2014-04-19
Age : 63
Location : New Jersey

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by DA/SA Sat Jun 17, 2023 8:13 pm

If nothing else, you could use a bench grinder, or a Dremel with a cut off wheel.
DA/SA
DA/SA

Posts : 1310
Join date : 2017-10-09
Age : 67
Location : Southeast Florida

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by -TT- Sun Jun 18, 2023 9:12 am

If you use a grinder, dunk the part in cold water frequently, you don't want to temper it. And cut it dead-square. Don't forget this is a metric pin.

What you really need is a 2.4mm Gedore sliding punch 114-24, it's made slightly undersize and you can shorten it for starting, lengthen it for pushing out, and then retract it for reinstalling. They're super-strong. Larry used to sell them, and they're the absolute perfect tool.

There are better places to buy it, but: https://www.amazon.com/GEDORE-8755700-Pin-Punch-2-4/dp/B000UZ0YEC
-TT-
-TT-

Posts : 589
Join date : 2016-10-18

RoyDean likes this post

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by jwax Fri Jul 07, 2023 7:56 am

Quick question Ed- Do you use a snap cap or drywall anchor while dry firing your 208?

Curious, since I've dry fired my 215 often without "protection", with no side effects on the breech. Perhaps I should have a spare firing pin/punch on hand?
jwax
jwax

Posts : 503
Join date : 2011-06-10
Location : Western NY

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by Ed Hall Sat Jul 08, 2023 9:31 am

Hey John,

I've always used something to protect the chamber, even though the pin won't normally reach the chamber edge.  If the pin breaks, the forward section WILL reach.  It can stick out quite a ways at that point.  Most of its life so far, I've used the red chamber plug/flag that Larry used to sell.  I broke a lot of firing pins over the years, which I attribute to how much dry firing I was doing.

As to extra pins and a "good quality" punch, I don't consider a firing pin change in the 208/s as something to do at a match.  My backup at a match is a second slide or a second gun.  I do recommend having pins, punch and hammer at home, though.  The first time you change it, it takes a good solid hit to budge.

Ed Hall

Posts : 1048
Join date : 2012-09-11
Location : Adirondack Mountains

http://www.starreloaders.com/edhall/

jwax likes this post

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by Toonces Wed Oct 25, 2023 8:29 pm

-TT- wrote:What you really need is a 2.4mm Gedore sliding punch 114-24, it's made slightly undersize and you can shorten it for starting, lengthen it for pushing out, and then retract it for reinstalling. They're super-strong. Larry used to sell them, and they're the absolute perfect tool.

I'm probably only around 7,000 rounds through my 208s, and I've never had an issue yet, but I like to think I'll shoot it enough to need to install one of the spare FPs I have on hand.  I had the forethought to have the spare FPs, but never knew about the actual difficulties of changing the pin until I read this thread.

Amazon is out of the 2.4mm size.  Based on a search of the Gedore website, the single tool is no longer available, but they sell it in a set.  

I just ordered from Chads Toolbox.  Search 8755700 to easily find the 2.4mm punch.

They have 8 punches left, so if you have a 208/212/215/whatever, you might want to get one on order sooner rather than later.

Toonces

Posts : 6
Join date : 2023-10-22
Location : Central Wisconsin

PhotoEscape likes this post

Back to top Go down

Replacing Firing Pin H 208S Empty Re: Replacing Firing Pin H 208S

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum