FlyerWires. What they are and how to make them!
Theyíre one of my first practical "mods", and continue to be the most popular, so I thought a good description and walkthrough with pics would be a good idea.
So, letís get to it!
The FlyerWire is a modification to a standard P-32 magazine that prevents "Rimlock", a phenomenon that can jam up your P-32 horrendously if youíre using hollowpoints. With a FlyerWire in place, thereís no chance of this happening. Theyíre very reliable and easy to make yourself, but I havenít ever given a detailed explanation of how to go about it.
Believe it or not, Iíve got three DAs in different Federal Courthouses using them!
Okay, letís look at what youíll need:
Go to a store like Lowes and pick up a spool of picture hanging wire. I like 19 gauge; itís just right, and actually works better than the piano wire I used at first.
Now, youíll need a good pair of small needle-nosed pliers. A set of needle files like those in the pic are available at most large Sears stores, and will last for years. In a pinch, a nail file can do the trick.
Lastly, youíll need some 400 grit sand or emery paper.
Take a look at the pic at all the stuff you should have spread before you:
Okay! Now, pull out six inches of wire. Cut it off, and using round end of a file, twist it around the file with the aid of the pliers until youíve gotten a well-rounded loop.
Flatten the completed loop with a firm press from the pliers, then bend it at a sharp angle just above the loop at a 90 degree angle, as shown in this pic. This is a pretty much finished wire:
Now take your magazine apart by pushing in the little button on the bottom of the mag base, sliding it forwards, and allowing the spring to come out, along with the plastic spring plate. Careful, itís under a lot of tension! Hereís a pic of the dissassembled magazine, with the FlyerWire:
Now, the cutting. Using the triangular file, make a slot straight up the middle of the rear of the magazine follower and at the back of the mag spring plate. These need be only a tiny bit deeper than the wire. Smooth the cuts with the sandpaper. The pic shows it better than I could explain it:
Now to put the FlyerWire in. Place the follower back into the about halfway, holding it there as you slide the end of the wire up through the groove. It should now be nicely centered between the follower and back of the mag, not binding up on either. Now reinsert the spring and allow it to push the follower back upwards, making sure the wire stays in the groove.
When the springís all the way in, place the spring plate back on the spring, aligning it with the two little studs inside the spring loop. Place the wire in the groove, and slide the mag bottom partially into position, like this, turning the loop of the wire so itís now inside the magazine:
Now slide the base on all the way, letting the takedown button pop back up into place.
Use a pen or magic marker to mark the spot where the wire comes out of the rear of the follower. Remove it again, and cut to length. I recommend smoothing the rough edge of the cut with the file, then sandpaper.
Now reassemble. Your follower should now look like this:
Youíre done! The wire will now prevent the shorter hollowpoints from pushing backwards in the mag, eliminating rimlock. To use ball ammo, simply slide the mag base partlly off, pull out the FlyerWire, then close the base again.
This wonít harm your magazine in the slightest, even if you choose not to use the wire. But, if youíre ever going to use hollowpoints for defense (which I STRONGLY recommend), you can forget rimlock forever! In the words of Forrest Gump: "Well, you know, itís just one less thing... to worry about!"