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Posted by cwburfle
on Sunday, March 12, 2017 4:24 PM
Do you have a Dremel with a cut off wheel?
I just replaced a set of railings on a #41 Army Switcher a few weeks ago.
I used a special tool to keep the rivets from spinning. It is a toothed anvil. You press the head against it.
But when you don't have the special tool, or it isn't a good fit, you can use the Dremel to cut a slot into the head of the rivet. (Carefull.... don't want to cut into the plastic around it.) Then use a screwdriver to keep the head from spinning.
Doing it this way is a balancing act. I put my screwdriver in my woodvise, tip up just high enough to engage the slot while the body is resitng on a block placed on the edge of the vise / workbench.
Then use a SHARP drill bit slightly larger than the rolled over portion to cut away the roll over. Don't drill though. Drill just enough so you can use a pin punch / hammer to tap the rest out.