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Old 06-16-2010, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am Booster. Recently, I have had the pleasure of acquiring an Automag. It is used and had a few minor problems, but nothing I couldn't recognize and take care of.

But there was one minor problem that I couldn't be helped on with my GoogleFu. When I removed the ASA from the grip frame, I noticed it only had one screw. I figured the screw was lost. Well, I tried to screw in a screw into the empy hole and it wouldn't go.

I remove the grip so that I can inspect it, expecting it to be stripped out. It took this a little while to sink in, but what I found was that apparently, I am missing some sort of thread adapter. The socket that has threads appears to have some sort of steel insert, while the other does not. I suppose this is my noobness with the Automag, but I've never seen this before.

My first option is to retap the aluminum frame and use a bigger screw, but does anyone know about these little inserts? If so, where can they be found and what is the proper name for them?

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Old 06-16-2010, 03:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds like the holes were stripped and then helicoiled.
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HA!! I knew I would find the answer here...even with the freaky avatar. Thanks.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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before you go helicoiling anything, can you get pictures
it sounds like you're expecting there to be threads in the rail for the vert ASA...
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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No, the vert ASA is okay. This is the bottomline ASA that connects to the grip frame (the part that houses the trigger, not the air through grip). These helicoil thingies look just like the piece that's in the grip frame that held the bottomline in place.

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before you go helicoiling anything, can you get pictures
it sounds like you're expecting there to be threads in the rail for the vert ASA...
This is what came to mind as well. the valve should be threaded where the rear of the rail attaches, and the grip (or reg, or vert ASA) attaches with a screw that passes through the rail and threads into the front ASA (or grip, whichever you have there.. although the front grip is often threaded to fit in the front ASA)

My advice is also to post pics so we can help! Don't helicoil anything before finding out for sure.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sound like you have a CF frame and one of your nuts are missing.

Any nut small enough to fit inside the slot will do the job. I think it's a 8-32 or 10-32 nut.

Don't remember.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Sorry, I should have stated. It's an aluminum RT frame mounted on the classic rail and body. I looked at putting a nut in it, but it just won't work that way. The hole that is stripped out is the one in the back of the grip frame. If it would have been the one in the front, I could have drilled the hole to the hollow portion of the frame and added a nut.
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What frame is it?

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