Acrylic punches? Never seen those. Acrylic shatters like a mofo though, wouldn't be very good as a punch.Where do you guys find Brass or Acrylic punches for use on firearms? I've seen sets here and there, but they are usually, where the brass is concerned, too big. And, I have never seen the acrylic or synthetic tip ones I read about. I've tried Lowe's, Home Depot and the local hardware chain stores. And, yes I called all of the local gun shops. There response is they have the steel ones. It's like a punch other than good ole steel around here is unheard of. Personally, I'd rather be safe than sorry. Yes, scratches may add character, in some peoples opinions, but I'd rather not help that process along. Anybody got a source for the aforementioned?
CTW - What types of pins are you working with? Roll pins, grooved pins or solid pins? What are they fastening? The two pins I've had to remove recently are the locking lever pin on a G3 carrier, and the roll pin that holds the P7 front sight on. In the case of the G3 pin, it took many very hard swings with a large hammer to get it to budge. I was worried I was going to shatter the pin punch. The P7 sight pin took a lot less force, but the punch got stuck and I was afraid I was going to snap it off. A brass punch would have been good for the P7 pin, but would have mushroomed for the G3 pin.You might have better luck if you use the term "drift" instead of punch.