US Border Patrol agents on our southern border are up in arms about their rifles being pulled so some “refurbishment”.

(Fox News) – Border Patrol officials have pulled thousands of rifles from field agents in a large-scale effort to refurbish the weaponry, prompting the rank-and-file to complain that they’ve been left with the dangerous options of sharing guns or being disarmed altogether.

Nearly one-third of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s 16,300 M4 carbine rifles were tested by the agency’s office of training and development, which determined that more than 2,000 had the potential for malfunction. The rate of nearly 40 percent was “more than we are comfortable with,” said CBP Deputy Chief Ron Vitiello.

“Our top priority is to make sure our agents are safe,” said Vitiello, adding that the agency intends to eventually cycle through all of the rifles to ensure that those in need of repair are fixed. “They will be like new when they are refurbished.”


What is this refurbishment?

“All you need to do is pull out the old firing pin and put in the new one and the rifle is ready to go,” he said.

Vitiello said that may be the case, but the work must be done by a specialist.

“It may be easy to replace a firing pin, but these are things that should be done by a professional,” he said.


What is this bravo sierra?

They need a “trained expert” can replace the firing pins in their M4s to make the rifles more reliable?


Why are the stock firing pins causing a reliability issue?

Why can’t the agents replace their own firing pins?  Don’t they know how to field strip their bolt carrier groups?  It’s not exactly rocket surgery.

Something smells a little fishy, Mr. Obama.


9 thoughts on “HUH? Border Patrol agents being stripped of their M4s… so firing pins can be replaced?”
  1. hmmmmm… just ran through the procedure. It took me less than four minutes to remove and reinstall the firing pin in my AR-15. Wasn’t that part of the original design spec? I mean, modular so that a soldier could replace the common parts without the need of depot level armorer?

  2. Well, we gotta flambo the sinkus and make sure that lassiter valve reaches apogee within the dumas. And brother let me tell ya, that takes a professional. And if the gummint has to pay the professional at a professional rate that’s too bad

  3. For once, the government may have done something right – pull armament from law enforcement officers. What on earth do the border patrol agents need M4’s for anyway – as props to make them look mean? Are they allowed to fire weapons at illegal aliens? I thought illegals were just ushered into this country, given insurance, education, food stamps, health care, a 3-bedroom home, a Lexus, a drivers license, and a form to fill out to become Democratic voters. I could be wrong, however. Yes, something is fishy about the pulling of M4s from agents, but I have no objection to it. If the agents were allowed to do their jobs and stop illegals, I would be 100% for the return of their rifles, but as it is, they can share working M4s, each looking mean on a rotating basis.

  4. Its probably some official’s dim witted cousin or brother-in-law who got the contract to do the “refurbishing.” I’m more interested in the mag well death grip that agent has. I’d be concerned about losing a finger in catastrophic failure if the M4’s are in as bad a shape as to neef professional servicing as claimed in the report.

  5. I wonder if they are disarming the border agents so they can’t interfere with the rush of illegals that will come after executive amnesty.

  6. I wonder if they also have to send the firearms off to a PROFESSIONAL private contractor to clean them as well?

  7. Way is everyone in tin hat mode.

    This is common for items being serviced under maintace agreement. Only factory trained and certifed smiths can work on the guns and that makes sense.

    These repairs are being paid for by the manufacture/maintace company.

    Let’s all step back and think about this. Even in local police departments only the lic certifed gun smith are authorized to work on the guns. U can’t on your own chane the trigger or firing pin or springs or anything short of grip tape and accessories approved by dept on the rails. EVERYTHIG else the gunsmith must do

    1. Why are they pulling the rifles all at once. A properly implemented maintenance program would pull a few rifles at a time and have spares available so the maintenance doesn’t interfere with readiness.

  8. I wrote the GunNuts article on this that preceded every other article. There’s no conspiracy, it’s just silly gov’t procedures and red tape. Another article to come in the next day or so.

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