Removing Pinned And Welded Muzzle Devices With Basic Tools

Have a muzzle device you need gone? Here is a simple process for gunsmiths who lack access to a mill or lathe.

by Steve Adelmann

Most gun enthusiasts remember the dark days of the early 1990s, when bills such as the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994”, better known as the Assault Weapons Ban were passed into law. Fortunately, a large chunk of the AWB’s nonsensical provisions were sunset into the pages of history in 2004, however, one remnant of the AWB left many semi-automatic rifles, ARs in particular, floating around with muzzle brakes and flash suppressors (hereafter referred to jointly as muzzle devices) that have been pinned and welded in place, as per BATFE regulations. Recently I’ve had several customers bring AR-style rifles in for work that required the removal of such muzzle devices. Since my mill and lathe still reside in a friend’s warehouse several states away, removing these devices with basic tools was my only option short of replacing otherwise good barrels altogether.

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