removing safety from WPG hinge frame
I've got a WGP hinge frome I want to take the trigger out of, but the safety is preventing the trigger from coming out. I've got all the pins and springs out, the sear is out, trigger is lose. There is no set screw above the safety and no ball and spring like most safetys. Any tips on removing the safety?
You have to tap it out with a punch. The hole that sits above the safety on the top of the frame is a hole for a little ball bearing and spring that sits below the safety and is responsible for the crisp clicky action.
That little bugger likes to fly out at about 447 miles a second and is carved from Houdini's tooth enamel. Once it's gone, it's gone.
So, with the frame propped up firmly on small blocks to allow clearance for the safety to fall, Place the frame with the ball bearing/spring assembly toward the top and punch the safety down with a flat round metal object. An allen key works in a pinch.
Cover the frame with a rag when you do this, you can even run the punch through a hole in the rag. Work on a large clean surface to easily spot any rolling parts.
To re-assemble; push the safety into the frame with the two grooves to sit above the spring and ball bearing. Using the safety to block the spring and ball bearing from falling out of the safety hole, push the spring into the hole first, followed by the ball bearing. Push them down with an allen key far enough to allow the safety to clear them. You should get a satisfying click and a working safety.
Late, but maybe for my own edumication....
On a trilogy frame, I was able to grab the left (fire) side with a pair of pliers and twist back and forth while pulling. This let the ball roll up and out and into the sear recess on the safety pin. I thought I was in real trouble there (safety half out with the ball and spring in there), but wiggling it around got everything out in one piece. Are the regular hinge frame safeties the same as the trilogy?
It might have come out cleaner from the other side.
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