epee barrel problem

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  1. El Chucko

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    I noticed a week ago that the barrel on my Vniti epee does not seem to fit properly. It is not just a matter of tightening it, either. Even when tightened, it "wobbles" slightly back-and-forth.

    The epee still works, and this wobble is not causing any problems yet, but I am afraid that it may lead to a bigger problem down the road. My biggest fear is permanent damage/break of the blade.

    What should I do? I am thinking that it may just be a poorly made barrel, with bad threads. If it is not the barrel, should I try to re-thread the blade? What size die would I use for the end of an epee blade? Where can I get one?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. DHCJr

    DHCJr Armorer

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    The size is 4.0 x 0.7 mm (M.20.4). You can find the die, either online or at a good hardware store. Trying to thread when there is a groove is almost impossible. What you need to do is fill the groove, usually something like a pin and solder.
     
  3. Purple Fencer

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    If you plan to remove teh barrel to see if you can re-thread the blade, try a different barrel first. The steel in the tip assemblies is softer than the blade...mroe likely THOSE threads are screwed, not the blade ones.
     
  4. neevel

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    I'd agree with Sam that you try a new barrel first. The threading on barrels does get worn, or damaged if it was cross-threaded and then forced tight.

    -Dave
     
  5. El Chucko

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    PF and neevel,

    Thanks. I agree, I would bet on it being the barrel, too. I just wanted to cover all the bases just in case.

    DHC - thanks for the info.

    Do ya think I can get away with using it as-is until I have to rewire it, and then worrying about the barrel issue? I just rewired it kinda recently...
     
  6. fencinman89

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    For now, if it works Super Glue it or Locktite it, but it may become a problem if it snaps off and the jagged threads are goin at someone at full lunge speed, Just a thought.
    -Tre'
     
  7. downunder

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    i've seen tips break off taking some of the threaded blade with it. Fix it now, less problems later.
     

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