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Old April 12th, 2018, 10:37 PM #11
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Gotcha. I misunderstood what you meant about figuring out how to do it as meaning something was wrong (which, probably, could be fixed by Kroil and a hammer )

These rifles are very simple, especially after you've done it once. They are meant to be field stripped and maintained by untrained peasants without tools. I'm not saying that to be derogatory in any way. I actually respect them for it.

The short version...from memory a while ago:
1) Firearm unloaded, double verified.
2) bolt forward. I think it should be cocked.
3) there's a lever on one side of the rear "dust" cover over the bolt carrier that looks similar to the one that retains the gas tube. It needs to be rotated up so many degrees (wiggle it while pulling it out (perpendicular to the receiver), and you'll find the sweet spot). You might need a tool if it is snug or sticky. Be careful about scratching the finish, if you are worried about that sort of thing. I think the pin will still be retained by the receiver, but it will come out enough that the cover can be removed by lifting it from the rear. There might be a little spring tension...
4) You'll see the big spring. Remember which way it goes...I think the wavy end goes into the bolt carrier while the straight end is back, under the cover.. Lift the back up from the receiver and then pull it out from the back of the bolt carrier.
5) Pull the bolt carrier all the way back, and with a little jiggling, it should be free...bringing the bolt with it. They'll separate very easily, don't let the bolt drop on your foot.
6) reinstallation is basically the reverse...with a little finesse to keep the bolt and carrier together as they go back.


Or...look for a vid

Good luck, and keep us posted.
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Damn, thanks Lee, looks like a cinch.
Yeah...just do that
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If you need help, let me know and I can meet you in my trailer after 7PM during the week.
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If you need help, let me know and I can meet you in my trailer after 7PM during the week.
Thank you sir, will see how this shakes out before I call the Calvary!
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Video was perfect, looks like I'm MISSING the piston extension and piston return spring. Anyway if that's all that's wrong it COULD have been a lot worse! 16 bucks for both.... Ebay, I can deal with that.
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Lots of them in PA are like that. A legal straight pull hunting gun now.
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I never considered that. Wonder if the missing parts are stored in the stock trap?

Would this damage the piston over time?
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When I used to make SKS hunting rifles for folks, I used to remove the piston and installed a plug it its place. If you ever want to return it to semi, you just tap the plug out.
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I never considered that. Wonder if the missing parts are stored in the stock trap?

Would this damage the piston over time?
Nope, not in there. My new/used parts are due Monday.
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How hard was the piston jammed in there?
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