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Installing a Magpul Enhanced Trigger Guard on a LMT Defender lower

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Jimmy45Mak, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Jimmy45Mak


    May 25, 2012
    I've picked up an Enhanced Trigger Guard for my LMT CQB 16 as I live in the Great White North and winter is fast approaching so gloves are a must. Now, I understand the process for installation from the YouTubes and it is real straight forward. I was cautioned, however, that the rear pin can be removed in only one direction and not all manufacturers do it the same way. Has anyone replaced a trigger guard on a Defender 2000 lower and remember which way it goes? I don't want to break the "wings" or whatever it is they're called. Thanks in advance.
  2. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    First time I've heard of a roll pin needing to go in or out in a specific direction.

  3. Jimmy45Mak


    May 25, 2012
    I'm on my iPad so I can't get the URL but it was the vid by ethron1. If he's full of it, great. One less thing to worry about....
  4. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Despite having done Magpul trigger guards on two lowers, I always had it installed by my preferred armorer, and didn't do it myself. I could be mistaken about the pin...
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Front sight base pins are the only pins that MAY need to be driven a particular direction. Some manufacturers use a tapered pin.

    Be careful & support the tabs for the trigger guard, they can be
    broken from the receiver if not supported when driving the pin out.
  6. fuzzy03cls


    Jan 28, 2010
    I put one on my LMT lower. I always start the pins on the safety side. No matter what lower I am working with. Just by choice for me no technical reason.
    I didn't run into any issues.
  7. Jimmy45Mak


    May 25, 2012
    Thanks, Fuzzy. Exactly what I needed: words from someone who has done it. Thanks Plank and faawjcnfufndj (or something like that!) for responses too.
  8. As stated above, put something solid on the underside of the
    trigger guard area when taking out or driving in pins, the
    wings can be broken off with too much force applied.
    Also, take your time and make sure the pins are started in
    straight, with a few taps to get them started, then you can drive them in with a punch.
    I finally got tired of trying to hold onto pins with needle nose pliers and getting them started, so I bought a set of pin
    starter punches.
    Lot's of folks build their own lowers or add parts. Just take
    your time, follow directions, and use the right tools, it's not
    rocket science, just don't get in a hurry or frustrated.
    Good luck.
  9. You might want to take a drill bit the same size as the roll pin and clean up one side of the ears. It makes it easier to start it and lessens the chance of damaging things. Notice I said the same diameter, you don't want to remove a lot of material, just clean it up a bit basically.
  10. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    NW Indiana
    A little the roll pin :supergrin:


    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  11. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    My LMT was just a standard trigger guard roll pin when I did it.