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Old 12-15-2017, 08:42 AM
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Hi guys. I need to remove the flash hider and put on a thread protector. Is this something I can do myself with minimal tools, or do I need to take it to someone with more experience? I have basic tools but no vise or workbench.
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The flash hider is pretty easy to remove but without a vise to hold it securely you'll need a couple of friends with gorilla hands to hold it ..
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I let her do the easy stuff like change the oil. Lol
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There is a tool that holds the upper in place, it is like a magazine that goes into a vise, than a star like protrusion goes into the barrel where the bolt fits in, that tool will properly hold the upper, and stabilize the barrel. Than a proper size wrench will take off the flash hider. Not trying to rain on the parade, but much can go wrong without the proper tools. Cracked or warped uppers occur. If it's a one time deal take it to a gunsmith, if you plan on doing it a lot buy the magpul tools.
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I'm not necessarilly recommending this to the OP, but back in the day me and all my USMC buds used to just grab the front sight post, and torque the things off with a big flat head screw driver, and back on, the same way (and, we even used the same crush washer!! ).
That's not to say this wasn't a big screw up in some way (like wrist-flipping a cylinder closed on a revolver), but back then, and in the decades since, I (and several freinds) have never had or observed a problem.
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There is a tool that holds the upper in place, it is like a magazine that goes into a vise, than a star like protrusion goes into the barrel where the bolt fits in, that tool will properly hold the upper, and stabilize the barrel.
I think you're on the right path, but your description isn't correct and could cause problems.

There are two specific clamping devices for an AR. The first goes in the mag well and gives the user a block to put in a vise. This only for working on the lower and should never be used when torquing on the barrel because it could bend/break/crack the lower receiver.

The second is an Upper Receiver AR-15 Action Vise Block Clamp and looks like this:


It is two parts. The one part goes into the receiver in place of the BCG and supports the upper receiver so it doesn't get crushed in the vise. The second part goes around the upper receiver and gives you a flat surface to clamp to. Assembled and in a vise the whole package looks like this:


If you plan on doing any work on the upper, this is a good tool to have. This one is about $20. It makes life a lot easier.
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Old 12-15-2017, 04:08 PM
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The OP said he doesn't have a vise or a bench so a receiver clamp won't do him much good
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:04 PM
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Hi guys. I need to remove the flash hider and put on a thread protector. Is this something I can do myself with minimal tools, or do I need to take it to someone with more experience? I have basic tools but no vise or workbench.
I realize you're in a bit of a tight regarding a vise, etc. If you have a table, counter top, etc, this vise is very strong and tight. I have multiple bench vises out in my shop but use this (have 3 of them around my shop and house) frequently. I'm still surprised how affordable and well made this is. Though it's only w/ 3" jaws, it works quite well on firearms. Very tight tolerances (no jaw wiggle / slop) and smooth jaws. Shop IRWIN 3-in Clamp-On Vise at Lowes.com

If you google "homemade barrel vise" you'll find other options.

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Old 12-15-2017, 06:23 PM
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You should have a friend with a bench and a vice. If you have a front sight base, you can clamp that in a padded vise to hold the upper while removing the muzzle device.

Curious why you need to install a thread protector?
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Yes, it can be done. But without having done it before and without a bench, vise and a fixture for holding the rifle, there are few good ways to get hold of the barrel and adequately restrain it that doesn't run the risk of something bad happening. The M&P-15 is still a several hundred dollar rifle and there's no point in risking it for the few dollars a gunsmith would charge.
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Take it in, be done with it.
Totally disagree. Why would you counsel the poster to pass up a perfectly sound opportunity to buy more tools??? We're men damnit! We buy $200 worth of tools to do a one time project rather than actually pay someone $35 to do it for us.
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Add another option to the mix, even if you don't have a vise, you can use either of these to hold the clamp block to the edge of any table/workbench
Irwin 12" One-Handed Bar Clamp/Spreader, Medium Duty 1964718 | Zoro.com

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I think you're on the right path, but your description isn't correct and could cause problems.

There are two specific clamping devices for an AR.
No, he's talking about a Geissele Reaction Rod...better than
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Edit: Learned somethin' new--the Magpul BEV block is *exactly*
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Simple flash hider remove? Do it yourself with a friend and you'll be done in 1 minute.
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Simple flash hider remove? Do it yourself with a friend and you'll be done in 1 minute.
Yep. Or, by yourself like I did. Crescent wrench and a rag to protect the finish, and you're done. This goes for removal of the old device, and install of the new.

BTW, why are you putting on a thread protector? Why not a brake/compensator? Sure, it's "just" a 5.56, but reducing recoil and muzzle rise is never a bad thing.
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Yep. Or, by yourself like I did. Crescent wrench and a rag to protect the finish, and you're done. This goes for removal of the old device, and install of the new.

BTW, why are you putting on a thread protector? Why not a brake/compensator? Sure, it's "just" a 5.56, but reducing recoil and muzzle rise is never a bad thing.
Maybe a direct thread can?
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I'm acutally waiting for my 5.56 can to get out of jail, but I used an AAC flash hider with QD threads for the AAC can so I had to swap out the standard bird cage too. Easy job too with some of the new flash hiders that don't need to be timed. Rockset, screw it on, torque and done.
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He needs to buy a portable visce and just clamp it to the kitchen table-problem solved.
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He needs to buy a portable visce and just clamp it to the kitchen table-problem solved.
He doesn't even need to do that. Borrow a neighbor to hold the rifle for 5 minutes and the problem is solved with no further expenditures.
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Dang, guys - he's talking about removing a flash hider, not the barrel itself. No need for all those receiver clamps and such.
All you need to do is sandwich the barrel between two chunks of soft wood, tighten up on it a bit, and unscrew the flash hider. If the barrel turns, wrap the barrel with masking tape, reclamp it and go again.
In fact, it being a flash hider, you can almost always remove them without even clamping the barrel in anything.
Y'all overthink some things......


Edit: No vise? No problem - take a couple of 2x4 stud cutoffs, lay them on the floor and sandwich the barrel between them and get a buddy or wife to put a foot on the top one and press down....unscrew the flash hider. If your buddy or wife ain't heavy enough, go to the local watering hole and wink at ol' fat Wanda over there in the corner and ask her to help you.
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