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detent

[′dē‚tent]
(mechanical engineering)
A catch or lever in a mechanism which initiates or locks movement of a part, especially in escapement mechanisms.
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Install the bolt stop and bolt stop spring, then the safety switch detent spring (37) and safety switch detent (36).
There is a spring and detent that have to be pushed into a hole in the receiver far enough that the pin will slide into the hole.
com, 636/475-7300) that have two detents but they do not fit the bolt correctly and would appear to warrant modification and fitting.
Q I am so damn frustrated with those stupid little steel balls used in my guns for detents or whatever.
Several configurations are offered including couplings with full and limited detents, smooth bore and so-called "catcher's mitt" interfaces, all with different levels of engage and disengage force.
With its never-before-seen blade design and triple bleeder holes doubling as detents for its sheath, this dagger is like nothing else on the planet.
The thin, lightweight assembly has detents in 30-degree increments, allowing for users to "click" the wheel into 12 different positions.
Bosch has gone one step further and included detents at common depth settings, making it quick and easy to go from cutting a 2x4 to cutting 1/2-in, plywood while maintaining the perfect blade depth.
This kit includes trigger, trigger spring, trigger pin, hammer, hammer spring, hammer pin, disconnector and spring, bolt catch, b/c plunger, b/c spring, b/c roll pin, selector, selector detent, selector detent spring, (2) takedown detents and springs, pivot pin, rear takedown pin, buffer retainer and spring, magazine catch, button and spring, A2 pistol grip, screw and washer.