This new pin replaces the dust cover hinge pin on the Zastava / Yugoslavian M85/M92 rifles and the corresponding Zastava PAP pistols to allow for rapid removal. The design comes in handy for cleaning or other times you want clear access into the receiver without the dust cover being in the way. The pin is the same diameter as the original Yugo hinge pin, fits snugly into the original hole and has a ball bearing detent on one end to secure it.
In case you are interested in using this pin for other weapons, the pin diameter is approximately 0.156″ and the working length, meaning from the ring hole to just before the ball bearing detent is approximately 0.8″. It’s made from 303 series stainless steel with a black oxide finish and is plenty tough to serve as a hinge pin. Note, you will see photos of our pins that were silver colored – those were before we started making the pins with a black oxide finish on both the pin and matching ring.
The ring is approximately 1″ and is finished in black oxide as well. When the dust cover is closed, the pin is very hard to remove due to pressure on the pin. When the dust cover is opened, and the pressure is released, it is far easier. This both helps secure the pin and the cover plus it makes takedown easier once the lid is open.
You install it by first removing your original pin. These pins are peened over a washer/spacer on the right side (the same side as the ejection port and charging handle) so you will need to use a dremel or other method to remove the peened over portion and then a punch to pop the pin out. That’s all there is to it. You can then push our pin in. Keep an eye on the little dustcover and gas tube retainer cylinder as it can slide out when the pin is removed.
If you would like to see a step-by-step guide of how to do this with a Dremel, please click here to see our blog posting about it.
The pin comes with a standard 1″ ring already installed. There is now an option to buy additional ring of different sizes that you can install if you so desire. We only sell the pin itself with the 1″ standard ring pre-installed during manufacturing.