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My oldest S12, owned over a decade at this point, is starting to have issues with the mag catch pin walking out with repeated mag changes.


I’ve done a few mods off and on to this gun over the years, including using and then ditching an extended mag release lever as well as one which was thumb activated a la the IPSC Vepr 12s.


Guessing the holes in the mag catch retention ‘wings’ have gotten egged out after repeated removal and insertion of the pin, causing the pin to fall out as I activate the factory mag catch to remove and insert mags.


Ordered a new mag catch pin from CSS thinking it might be the pin, but it’s still having issues.


Any ideas as to getting a pin which is flared on one end and is retained on the other side via an E or C clip or some other mechanism. Would hate to have to get the factory mag catch retainer replaced, which would require drilling out and riveting in place a new one.


Thanks all



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Remove the pin, make a slight chamfer on each end (a bevel, for those in Rio Linda, lol), reinstall, and stake the mag catch lug (with a center punch) on each side of the pin on each side of the mag catch lug.

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