One of my absolute least favorite roll pins to install is the Bolt Catch Roll Pin. Its location makes it difficult to get at and being parallel to the side of the lower means if your punch slips off the roll pin when you hit it you are gonna scratch your new lower or your customers lower. Some companies have started making threaded bolt catch pins and holes to make life easier but you should never had to buy your new lower based on whether or not it has a threaded bolt catch hole or not. KAK Industry just introduced yesterday a new Bolt Catch Roll Pin Starter Punch that is extra long so you can hit it with a hammer behind the lower, is made of 304 Stainless Steel and features a recessed opening to hold the roll pin while you get it started. While Roll Pin Starter Punch’s are not a new invention by any means, I don’t remember ever seeing one specifically designed for the Bolt Catch Pin before so it really peaked my interest.
What’s even more impressive….the cost is just $10. Every AR builder should have the right tools to do the job and this is definitely one of them.
KAK BOLT CATCH ROLL PIN STARTER PUNCH
ALSO KNOWN AS WALT’S TOOL…
DO YOU LACK 6 FINGERS AND AN EXTRA HAND WHEN TRYING TO GET THE BOLT CATCH ROLL PIN STARTED ON YOUR BUILD
THIS 304 STAINLESS TOOL IS A LIKE A SURGEON’S INSTRUMENT, BUT DESIGNED FOR A CAVEMAN
SIZED TO HOLD THE BOLT CATCH ROLL PIN STEADY AND GET IT STARTED WITH OUT SCRATCHING UP YOUR LOWER
WE USED DURABLE RUST FREE 304 STAINLESS BUT KEPT THE DESIGN SIMPLE AND TO THE PRICE POINT LOW
ALL ROLL PINS ARE DIFFERENT BEFORE COMPRESSING, IF THEY ARE A LITTLE LOOSE IN THE TOOL USE A DAB OF GREASE IN THE POCKET TO HOLD IT TIGHT, IF IT’S A LITTLE TIGHT, DON’T WORRY, THE HOLE IN THE LOWER IS TIGHTER.. IT WILL RELEASE ONCE STARTED IN THE LOWER..
ONCE THE PIN IS STARTED USE YOUR NORMAL PUNCH TO DRIVE IT HOME AND GET THAT BUILD OUT TO THE RANGE AND BROKEN IN!!
OTHER ALTERNATIVE USES INCLUDE – CHOPSTICKS, SELF DEFENSE, OR MINE PROBING..