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    What do you need to do to put a paddle on stamped receiver?
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    I tried to do one on my PTR91 stamped receiver and it was a big FAIL for me. The shelf that PTR puts into block the pin hole is actually a bar that went through the whole receiver. I wore out about 3 dremel stones grinding that sucker out and as a result the wasn't enough flat area inside the receiver to try the method. I just said the hell with it and drilled an 1/8" hole through the left side and into the right side. Tapped it and used a piece of brass as a bushing for the toggle and treaded a long screw through the leftside, into the bushing and into the right side. Then I trimmed off the screw on the left side and welded over it with about 1 second of wirefeed welder. Filed it smooth and painted over it.
    It works great and took me about 30 minutes to do after I had everything together.
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    I considered doing the above but with my luck The Man would walk in just as soon as the holes drilled! I find it odd that the gun design has a redundant mag release in the first place,i.e. such as found on original military select fire receivers. Any clues why? I can't think of another MBR that exhibits this,AR,AK ect. It's as if the originators years ago could foresee the ATF banning the"3rd hole" and engineering the side button release help civilian owners! The paddle is handy though,as a 7.62 mag is much wider than an AR mag to wrap your hand around to engage a side release button,and the mag well doesn't protrude downward as on the AR. This applies to stamped or cast.....
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    Well, a member here(thanks Buelligan) sent me the parts, but lo and behold, my Century semi-shelf is a solid block, which I'm not willing to start machining, not to mention I'm not really sure exactly how much messing around in there you can do legally. I have no desire to trash my rifle, or doing something illegal to make the mags easier to drop. So, my being able to work out the brass alloy washers is out the window. Sorry.

    I certainly wanted to be able to do it, and further down the road I might be willing to try something like that, but hell, I just got the thing!

    Good luck with the project though.

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    After holding the paddle next to the CAI shelf it looks like there's not much to work with after you hollow it out. Now that I have this thing I want it on my gun... What do these look like on the org guns?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FullAssault View Post
    After holding the paddle next to the CAI shelf it looks like there's not much to work with after you hollow it out. Now that I have this thing I want it on my gun... What do these look like on the org guns?
    Here's a pic I pulled off the web of a receiver stub with the paddle still in place. You can order these from Apex, which is what I did, so you can see one installed.



    So yes, there's very little space to work with if you leave the paddle full width. If I were doing it again, I would probably file down the ends a bit so I had some wiggle room between the paddle and the receiver.

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    Is the bottom open from the mag well to the shelf?
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    Just a reminder guys, the mod you are looking at works great on a Cast receiver...but I do not believe its possible on a stamped receiver. Mal you did yours on a cast receiver right?
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    +1 to this. Looking at my CAI stamped receiver, you would have to really butcher the semi-shelf. The weld in that robertrtg.com has would be much better. The main problem with modding the shelf is that it is IN THE GUN. Makes it tough to really fit it properly, and you only get one try to not screw it up.

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    Are the pictures someplace? A picture would really help.

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