Gunsmithing is an important aspect of maintaining firearms for various reasons such as increasing accuracy, improving performance, and ensuring safety. One of the most critical aspects of gunsmithing is ensuring that the proper torque settings are used when assembling and disassembling firearms. OuterImpact spends significant time to determine the proper torque settings for the various pieces we create. All OuterImpact components have very clear torque values and must be followed exactly to ensure long lasting and safe use of the components.
Torque refers to the rotational force used to tighten screws, bolts, and other fasteners. In gunsmithing, it is essential to apply the correct torque settings to prevent damage to the firearm and ensure proper function. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of torque settings in gunsmithing and how to apply them correctly.
The importance of torque settings in gunsmithing cannot be overstated. Every firearm and it’s components are designed to function within specific parameters, and torque settings are an essential component of these parameters. If a gunsmith fails to apply the correct torque settings, it can lead to a range of problems, including malfunctions, accuracy issues, and even safety hazards.
One of the most common problems that arise when incorrect torque settings are applied is the stripping of threads on screws and bolts. Stripped threads can render a firearm or accessory unusable, and in some cases, it may not be possible to repair the damage. Applying too much torque can cause threads to strip or even break bolts, while too little torque can result in loose or unstable components. This is possible even with the use of thread locker.
Another issue that can arise from improper torque settings is accuracy. If the screws that hold the barrel to the receiver are not tightened to the correct torque, it can cause the barrel to shift slightly, resulting in a loss of accuracy. Similarly, if the scope mount is not tightened to the correct torque, it can cause the scope to move, which can also result in a loss of accuracy.
Perhaps the most significant issue that can arise from improper torque settings is safety. Firearms operate under high pressures and extreme conditions, and any loose or unstable components can be dangerous. A firearm that is not assembled correctly can malfunction, leading to potentially life-threatening situations. In addition, if the barrel is not secured correctly, it can cause the gun to explode, leading to serious injury or death. The vast majority of failures that we see are due to incorrect screws being used and not following torque values. This can be extremely dangerous as components fly from the firearm with force.
To avoid these issues, it is crucial to apply the correct torque settings when assembling and disassembling firearms. The torque settings will vary depending on the firearm and the specific components being assembled, so it is essential to consult the manufacturer’s instructions or seek advice from an experienced gunsmith.
When applying torque settings, it is important to use a torque wrench that is calibrated to the correct level. A torque driver is a tool that measures the rotational force applied to a fastener and indicates when the desired level of torque has been reached. Using a torque wrench ensures that the correct amount of force is applied and reduces the risk of over-tightening or under-tightening. For all the OuterImpact products, we use inch/pounds (in/lbs).
In conclusion, torque settings are a critical component of gunsmithing. Applying the correct torque settings ensures that the firearm operates correctly, is safe to use, and maintains accuracy. Improper torque settings can result in stripped threads, accuracy issues, and safety hazards. It is essential to use a torque wrench that is calibrated to the correct level to ensure the correct amount of force is applied. If you are unsure about the correct torque settings for a particular firearm or component, it is best to seek advice from an experienced gunsmith to ensure the safety and functionality of the firearm.