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Darts Re Pointing by dannyd180
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I recently bought some Phase 6 darts which I absolutely love, the only thing that I was unhappy with was the 'lip' where the point meets the barrel. I seemed to be getting a lot of deflections and felt that it was causing damage to my flights. I decided that I wanted them re-pointed with Target Storm points, but my dilemma was that I don't have a re-pointing machine, and I am too impatient to send my darts off and wait for them to be returned. I do however own a rivet gun and had read on here that it was possible, so I thought, why not.....

I ordered some storm points yesterday, they cam this morning and I set about it. I practiced removing the points from an older cheaper dart first to make sure that it worked

This is the dart that I wanted to re-point:

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Here is the tools that I used, the back of my old dartboard was my work surface (ignore the junior hacksaw):

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The first thing I did was select the correct collet size for my rivet gun, opened the handles and then inserted the dart, point first - as far as it would go:

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The I held the barrel of the dart in one hand, and squeezed the handles of the rivet gun together, and this pulled the point from the dart as easy as can be:

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When I read about this method previously, somebody said that it damages the points of the darts. I found with my rivet gun (Stanley) that is leaves a series of grooves towards the end of the point that almost resemble board grippers and I think they would work quite nicely:

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Then I had to get the new points in the barrels. this was the tricky part. I said ignore the junior hacksaw, but what I had used that for was to cut down an old plastic stem, which I inserted into the barrel, so that I could hit it with my hammer to drive the point into the barrel, using the reverse side of my old dartbaord as my surface. However, although this worked when practicing putting original points back into older darts, the storm points are too tight of a fit in my unicorn darts and caused the stem to shear, leaving the thread in the barrel. Not difficult to remove, but I would not advise this method. Obviously the plastic is weaker than tungsten and this was always going to happen, but it was early in the morning, so you have to give me that one:

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As I said, the fit of the storm point with this barrel is very very tight, so I ended up using some silicone lubricant and a smaller collet than that which I used to remove to points, put the point through the back of it and then used the flat face on the other side to hit with my hammer whilst resting the rear of the barrel on my work surface:

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After a few firm blows, the point was 'driven home', and the beauty of the storm points is that the 'collar' allows you to guide the point in true. Here is the finished article:

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I'm very happy with the result and I haven't noticed any real different in the balance of the dart, and from a small practice session they do seem to be an improvement.

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McInnis180

Great How to Danny!!!!!!

dartbord

Well done. You are set to go into business.

getagrip

Yeah very good tutorial Danny!

Hazza

Nice one Danny, they look great too

the_cutter

thanks for sharing!

nice darts!

Saber

nice one Danny! How long it take btw.

Del

Well done mate great wee how to there

Big Gun

Good job mate but I invested in a £40-00 machine and it was worth every penny as I can change a set of point on under 5 mins and I can do it as often as I want to. You will find now though that after having the Storm points in that normal point are sometimes loser when you change them back as they are very slightly wider, but a drop of lock-tight glue in the hole and the point stays put but just a word of warning for future reference. I love the Storm point though and never use anything else just cant make my mind up between smooth or grooved lol
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If your dart points are pretty much worn down you might find your pop rivet pliers will not grip the point/s 2 methods that i've tried that have worked
1, take a small denomination coin "2 centime in France" drill a 2.5mm hole in the centre Take out the shank size collet on the pliers & slide the coin on the point this lets the gripping collet to reach further along the point when inserted into the pliers. If that's still a No Go
2 If you have a bench vise, use the coin on the point,grip the point in the vise leaving enough gap between the end of the vise jaws & coin to allow 2 flat blade screwdrivers 'tween coin & vise jaws opposite each other & pry off ( keep even or the point may break )Also tie a piece of cord/thread to the barrel & fixed to the vise, as if tight it could pop off & disappear.
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