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Model 62 Slide Cover Removal
November 5, 2019
2:46 pm
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I recently acquired a Model 62, serial 89xxxA (single pin breech bolt).  I cannot get the slide cover to budge. Would appreciate some advice on best way to proceed.  The rifle is in good condition and I don't want to mess it up.

November 6, 2019
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Use an aluminum punch to tap it forward, they are slightly higher than the receiver so it's pretty easy to just catch the edge to push it towards the barrel.  If you don't have an aluminum punch you could try a short piece of dowel rod. It usually doesn't take much to get them to move. Might help to soak it with penetrating oil for a day prior.

 

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November 6, 2019
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Thanks Erin, I'll give that a try.

November 7, 2019
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Just for reference,  what slide cover is it on a 62?  I'm not makin fun,  I am looking at my 62A and can't figure out what would be called that.  Is it something from later on?

November 7, 2019
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It's on the side of the receiver where the slide arm goes through. (held on with a screw)  It was used from the first model 1890's through the 62As

November 8, 2019
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A "doh" moment

November 8, 2019
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UPDATE:  I tried with a wooden and a plastic dowel. The edge of the cover is so sharp, it just removed material from the dowels.  I've order an aluminum sight punch from Dawson.  It has a square end and should give more purchase.  I'll update once I receive it and give it a try.

November 8, 2019
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michael_coming@yahoo.com said
UPDATE:  I tried with a wooden and a plastic dowel. The edge of the cover is so sharp, it just removed material from the dowels.  I've order an aluminum sight punch from Dawson.  It has a square end and should give more purchase.  I'll update once I receive it and give it a try.  

I'm assuming you want to remove the bolt...….  Don't pry the slide arm up to disengage the bolt,(you will bend it) remove the inner then the outer magazine tube first then simply lift the forearm assembly out of the bolt. The outer is held in place by a small pin in the lower magazine band. Drive it out from left to right as you are looking down the rifle.

November 8, 2019
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UPDATE: Thank you Erin! Got the square ended aluminum sight punch from Dawson today and your method worked perfectly! Very little force required and the punch did not mar the receiver finish.  

November 9, 2019
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Glad it worked out for you!

November 9, 2019
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Your advice was a big help.  Having the right tool and technique makes all the difference.

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