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Old June 20, 2018, 12:53   #1
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Tip - FAL - Tight Paratrooper FAL Stock Bolts

Discovered by accident, searching for small female square drive sockets, this thing called a Drive Drag Link Socket. I immediately bought two and using a carbide ball end mill, narrowed them to fit two different width FAL para stock bolt slots. Stanley-Proto J5244 3/8-Inch Drive Drag Link Socket, 11/16-Inch

I used it for the first time today with a T handle and it was still difficult to get it moving. So I thought maybe the vibration imparted by an impact driver would help. It did. A screw that wouldn't budge twisting a 6" T handle, came out like it was greased.




I was going to make some kind of drive shaft with a shoulder pad on it, like the factory tool, so that I could apply pressure to the driver while turning a longer T handle. I've put that on the back burner for now, because the impact driver worked so well.

I do not have the time right now to machine them myself for resale, but I thought I'd pass this discovery on to the rest of you folks.

I also bought a 1/2" drive version, but the 3/8 works great.

Sockets here.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old June 21, 2018, 18:39   #2
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bro if your time is too valuable to be machining throw me a bone. Make it kosher though.
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I gave you the link. Maybe you can track down a wholesaler - buy 20 and re-machine them. Just remember that it needs to be an exact fit to prevent damage to the slot, and there are at least two slot thicknesses.

I've got 30 rifles backlogged, so I'm in no position to do it.
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exact fit you mean width of the blade or thickness?
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Chime on in folks and we'll see if thsi is a feasible purchase for me to buy 10+ sockets.
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Perspnally, I use a brace and bit,,, but I've got a whole cigar box full of different size screw bits I've scrounged at flee markets over the years for peanuts.

FWIW, Sears craftsman sell's a 4pc set of different blade size drag ling sockets pretty cheap,,,or at least they did.
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exact fit you mean width of the blade or thickness?
The width of the screws is the same. The thickness of the screw slot, I have at least two distinct sizes. One appx .086 (.093 = 3/32"), and the other (FN Aluminum) Appx .106 (7/64 =.109)"
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http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=428107

so the drag link socket just to bust it loose ?
you definately run into more P of S then most !

so get back to building ! no typing, no talking, no soup for you !
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PARATROOPER stock - different animal.

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I'm actually a bit embarrassed to know that reference.
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hand impact driver.
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PARATROOPER stock - different animal.



I'm actually a bit embarrassed to know that reference.
yeah it is diff animal . . .saw it and added BUT forgot to say this is somewhat related and of interest.

the Lobster Bisque is good today !
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Chime on in folks and we'll see if thsi is a feasible purchase for me to buy 10+ sockets.
I'll take one
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Chime on in folks and we'll see if thsi is a feasible purchase for me to buy 10+ sockets.
I'd take one too.
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