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The welding at least looks as though it will hold. The peining to secure the pommel causes me to raise an eyebrow.
 

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The welding at least looks as though it will hold. The peining to secure the pommel causes me to raise an eyebrow.
I did the exact same thing with mine! After shimming one bayonet with old head gasket, it struck me--why not just peen it back down?

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(So I put the bayonet in a vise like so, and used a small Lyman steel hammer to pound on the back until the stopped moving)

I still use the head gasket trick for the crossguard.




These are the pictures post-cleaning/polishing. After thoroughly cleaning with nylon brushes and Greased Lightning cleaner.

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Top to bottom: Sarco, Trader 1, Trader 2

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Opposite side, opposite order (Sarco, Trader 1, Trader 2)


I followed up with some Iosso GunBrite™ polish. I also mixed and matched the best levers


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Top to Bottom: Trader 2, Trader 1, Sarco

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Finally, my grips have come back! More photos later
 

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Okay, time for more pictures thanks to my "White Knight" buddy

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Hole repair, notice the circle looks similar to the one on the Sarco grips, this is from the same set, so its kind of fitting.

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Backside of the repair with newly-made screws, note the left one is larger and has coarser threads, these are for use in the back holes

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(Test-fitting the new screws on the Sarco blade. The only issue was the front hole in the Trader 1 bayonet is a bit tight due to some peening to fix looseness)

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For comparison (Left to right: New rear screw, new front screw, original screw)

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The original screws were cleaned up and reblued, one set will go on the Trader 2 bayonet.

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(More accurately, the best two will go on the Trader 2 bayonet)

At this point the next items are polish up the Sarco and Trader 1 grips, my plan is to test two different polishes: Meguiar's NXT Generation All Metal Polish, and Iosso bore cleaner (its a bit more aggressive than their GunBrite™ polish) applied with an old electric toothbrush.

Next is a test-fitting of throats and scabbard bodies once the latter arrives from Sarco. I may also re-use the least-damaged M8A1 body from the Apex order
 
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