Now I've gone and done it

Discussion in 'Maintenance / Tweaks / Technical Difficulties / So' started by NeoScotty, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. NeoScotty

    NeoScotty Guest

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    Ok, so I used Cort's guide on taking my M9 apart, and cleaned it very well and put it back together. No problem. I liked how much better the trigger pulled now that it was really clean. Great. So I decide to do the same to my M40. I made sure to keep all the parts in my cleaning pan, just like I did with the M9. Somehow, and I really don't know how, I lost the limited access lock spring. It was there one minute, next, just like magic, it's gone.

    So looking through the forums here, I'm getting the feeling that I can't just order a new spring. Is this correct?

    Thanks,
    Scotty
     
  2. ScottW

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    Well you can call or email Steyr and ask and maybe they have one to send. Or you can start sweeping a large pick-up magnet all over the floor in the room you were working in!
    Failing that, the good news is that spring is the least critical to the function of the pistol, in terms of "exactness" of specs. Almost any spring that will fit will do the job; spring rate doesn't matter much as long as it keeps enough outward pressure on the lock so it stays put. You can cannibalize a clicker-type retractable ballpoint pen. Take the spring from there and massage it (twist to open or close the coil diameter as necessary) and trim to length, and that should work.
     

  3. NeoScotty

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    Thanks for the tip man! I used a spring from a pen, just like you suggested and it works. I'm still going to contact Steyr and see about an actual replacement spring, but for the time being this works. Thanks again for the help.
    -Scotty