Being a FNG to the forum this SUB-2000 forum reminded me that some of the carbon steel fasteners retaining my RL handguard had some surface corrosion.
Not wanting to further neglect this nice carbine anymore I figured I would remove the offenders and try to control the rust. Plan was to take them out with the intent of wire brushing and shooting them with some enamel. But matters took a turn for the worse…the head on one screw snapped off with no provocation.
I was like WTF?! these aren’t torqued at all! I thought I was screwed, no pun intended.
The hardened fastener resisted drilling and the culprit was in a location (front end cap) not conducive to clamping in the drill press vise.
But I persisted with a hand drill until I got a enough purchase with a small screwdriver and then heated with a torch to breakdown the threadlocker…talk about a little stressor.
Home Depot had SST screws one town over from me so I got on the motorbike and picked them up. They dont look too outta place. I kinda like it.