But most like the one we show, require you to work around them with a long screwdriver, or better yet, an offset screwdriver
, which you can buy for about $3 (Photo 1).
To remove this screw, you simply have to use an offset screwdriver
. If you don't have one or more offset screwdrivers
in your gunsmithing kit, you really should.
It's hard to see in these photos, but the trick involves using a flat-blade screwdriver to pry the old actuator off the latch while you depress the actuator locking tab with the flat blade of the offset screwdriver. You'll be working blind behind the door structure, so examine the new part to get a feel for how the locking tab works.
Force the flat blade of the offset screwdriver into the plastic locking tab to depress it.
A special offset screwdriver
had to be made to properly access this screw.
When working with the sling swivel band, I used a small tool I made from an offset screwdriver. This tool is very helpful in removing barrel bands on military rifles without damage to the wood or the band.
The offset screwdriver is just one of those inexpensive little "Z" shaped tools you can pick up at just about any hardware store.
Now remove the trigger spring using an offset screwdriver
. The trigger removal is accomplished by drifting out the trigger pin.
are too tall to fit into the receiver and get to the screw.
* Offset screwdrivers are designed for removing and inserting screws in places where it is impossible to use a straight shank screwdriver.
This group includes offset screwdrivers, used in places impossible to reach with ordinary drivers, screwdrivers with external screw-gripper or screw-holder blades to start screws in hard-to-reach spots, and offset screwdrivers with ratchets.
work in the awkward space, but they require a lot of twisting.