Magnet missing on my Texan...

December 3 2017 at 5:48 AM

Ken H.  (Login tommyatkins)

found the reason for my Texan's cocking lever not closing securely. Noticed there was a round hole directly under the cocking lever handle. I remember reading that a magnet held the lever closed securely. The socket for the magnet was 3/8" diameter and about 3/16" deep. The solution was simple and locally available. Home Depot sells rare earth magnets. Couldn't find the right thickness but found a 10 pack of 3/8 x 1/16 for $3.59 just popped 3 of them in the socket and was ready to go. No need to glue as the magnets are so strong they stay in place. Now my cocking lever stays closed. No need to bother or wait for Air Force to send a replacement. It's amazing how strong these little guys are. They come in a stack of 10 and are hard to pry apart. If one is held about 4" from the rest and released, it flies to the stacked magnets like a shot. One of the magnets I was playing with hit the rest so hard that it shattered.

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