In Reply to: Busted .22 rifle posted by Bruce(OR) on June 28, 2019 at 09:31:48:
When I was about 16 a neighbor gave me a .22 semi auto rifle much like the one you needed a firing pin for. I too, tried my best to wear this gun out, breaking the firing pin off. It was crudely made to start with: about a three inch long cylinder that had been milled/turned down at the end for the pin part. I went to a local gunsmith and was brushed off, telling me it was worth the trouble.
Irritated, and not having the resources we now have, I decided I could "fix" it. The pin had broken off flush with the end of the rest of that cylinder, and it would go through the motions of firing just fine. I drilled a hole in the end (don't remember how deep) and found a nail the right diameter that was pretty hard. At the time I was not yet 20 years old and pretty immature about things like that. I mixed up some stuff kinda like JB Weld and put it together and let it set up for about a week. Worked like a champ! I kept and used that little gun for several more years, thinking the worst that could happen is the pin break or wear off.
I didn't get the chance to find that part out, as it was stolen in a burglary.
I did get to tell the gunsmith about it and was greeted with a shrug. Oh well....