Ar-15, dust cover, AR-15 Dust Cover, inalling an AR-15 Dust Cover

Installing a Dust Cover

Though it may seem like the most inconsequential part of an AR upper, the dust cover can be difficult to install.

By Bryce M. Towsley (RSS)
May 24, 2011

Parts
Dust cover
Dust-cover hinge pin
Dust-cover hinge pin snap-ring
Dust-cover spring

Tools
Needle-nose pliers
Brass or plastic hammer

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Use the pliers to install the small snap-ring on the hinge pin. Tap it in place with the hammer to ensure it is seated. Place the cover upside down on the receiver, making sure the detent pin faces out, and start the hinge pin from the front end of the receiver. The snap-ring should be at the far end of the pin. Do not push the pin all the way through.

Before installing the dust-cover spring, preload it by turning the long arm a half turn. Hold the spring in the gap between the two hinge-pin housings, maintaining tension as you push the pin all the way through. This is one of those multi-curse steps for me, as I find it difficult to hold the spring under pressure while installing the pin. My future son-in-law was doing the work while I shot photos, and I cautioned him it would take several attempts. The show-off got it together on the first try.

Ar-15, dust cover, AR-15 Dust Cover, inalling an AR-15 Dust Cover

After placing the snap ring on the hinge pin, start the hinge pin through its housing on the dust cover.

Ar-15, dust cover, AR-15 Dust Cover, inalling an AR-15 Dust Cover

Preload the dust-cover spring, hold it in place, and push the hinge pin all the way through to secure the assembly to the receiver.

Ar-15, dust cover, AR-15 Dust Cover, inalling an AR-15 Dust Cover

Shut the dust cover, then use your finger to release the detent pin from inside the receiver to ensure the cover springs open.

Function Check: Make sure the dust cover will close. Then, reach through the front of the receiver with your finger and push the detent pin down to open the cover.

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  3. Dennis staudinger says:

    Thanks great pics clear precise directions five Starr’s

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