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Beretta Forearm Issue

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Bluegoose, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. Bluegoose

    Bluegoose Well-Known Member

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    I had Beretta USA install a left hand wood set on my 28 ga White Onyx about 2 years ago. When I got the gun back, the forearm could wiggled to the extent that it rattled. I checked the screws and they were tightened so I sent the gun back and they seemed to have resolved the problem.

    Now, I was attempting to remove the forearm iron and after removing the 2 screws, the forearm iron is still solidly attached to the wood. I cannot loosen it by hand and do not want to force anything, in fear of cracking the wood. Although I don't see any evidence, I'm wondering if the factory epoxied the iron to the wood???
    I doubt seriously that I would get any useful response from Beretta USA.

    Any ideas on how I might proceed without damaging the wood.
     
  2. Steve Adams

    Steve Adams TS Member

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    If they used epoxy, it will break down when heated. Try a hair dryer.
     
  3. RichTozer

    RichTozer Member

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    Hair dryer will not get anywhere near the temp needed to breakdown epoxy. A tryout heat gun would, but would also scorch the wood.
     
  4. Stl Flyn

    Stl Flyn Banned User Banned

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    They probably glass bedded it. Sometimes it takes a bit of persuasion to get it to release. Hopefully they put some release agent on the metal first.
     
  5. bluesasquatch

    bluesasquatch Member

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    I would try a few light taps with a heavy hammer on a brass punch to loosen. If that doesn't work I would send to Beretta as there is real risk of splitting the forearm. If they used release agent it should come loose. If not better they split it than you.
     
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  6. 9point3

    9point3 Well-Known Member

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    Put it in the freezer. The differing contraction rates can sometimes make epoxies let loose
     
  7. Lucky1

    Lucky1 TS Member

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    Pet your screws in from the other side just partway, then tap them lightly. They should fit tight, doubt if they use epoxy or glue. Mine fit really tight after refinishing, used above method to remove iron.