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Old 01-23-2013, 09:20 AM
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I have an aluminium pump handle and stock AGD kit that I picked up sans the pump rod. Any suggestions of who might have one or who can make me one? I also need the pump handle milled for both the pump rod and ULE milling. I spoke to Luke, but is up to his eyeballs with the new frame he is wanting to get out. Anyone else out there? I've heard people mentioning making a pump rod out of brass rod, but I don't have a stock one to go by.
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I have an aluminium pump handle and stock AGD kit that I picked up sans the pump rod. Any suggestions of who might have one or who can make me one? I also need the pump handle milled for both the pump rod and ULE milling. I spoke to Luke, but is up to his eyeballs with the new frame he is wanting to get out. Anyone else out there? I've heard people mentioning making a pump rod out of brass rod, but I don't have a stock one to go by.
You can make one out of a wire hanger as a stop gap measure.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:30 AM
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You can make one out of a wire hanger as a stop gap measure.
That is what I did 10 years ago. Still using it.

I have the agd drawing for that rod somewhere. Probably my home computer I have to find it for someone else. I can send it to you as well.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:38 AM
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I have nearly zero milling abilities. Wire hanger just sounds so ghetto..... I saw that they had some small diameter rod at the hobby/craft store. I guess I could try to make one myself out of that.

Still doesnt get me the miling for the pump handle. At least not clean milling.

Also, on the pump handle, the one I have as an example for milling has a channel that the pump rod sits in and apparently is just held in by a 90* bend. Would it be possible to drill and tap the pump handle instead so the sear rod could screw into it simliar to how the XM15 one does? I can post pics if necessary.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:27 PM
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Go to a hobby store or ACE. Look in the back and they should have some steel and brass rods that are 3/32. Justus over on MCB said he found some 3mm at his hobby shop which is almost identical to the stock rod. A coat hanger is too big (1/8"), at least the ones I had were. If you find one thin enough, go for it.

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Old 01-23-2013, 12:45 PM
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Cool, thanks. As mentioned, the pump handle that I have doesnt have the channel milled in it. I think someone was replicating the AGD handle, but didnt finish it. Shouldnt I be able to just tap it and screw the pump rod into it instead of channeling it?
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:25 AM
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I don't think you'll get a good result doing it that way. The channel is pretty shallow, so getting the pump rod to line up correctly with your rail/body milling will be a chore. When they don't line up perfectly, you get binding and you won't be able to pump smoothly. The milled channel and 90* bend allows the pump rod to float a little bit up and down, so that it finds its groove every time.

And yeah, I was able to find 3mm brass rod at a hobby/game store in Evansville, Indiana. It was perfect! The store is about 75 miles away, though, and I haven't been back there since (don't go that way very often). 3/32" is workable but really just too small, 1/8" is definitely too large (it couldn't be that simple, right?), but 3mm is Goldilocks!
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:26 PM
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The 3/32 works. I replaced all mine with it.
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