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Old March 8th, 2013, 02:16 PM #1
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SKS, Slamfire Fix

I have an old SKS (Russian, I think). It is probably 35 or 40 years old and has not been fired in the last 30 years. In doing some research online I've discovered that some of these old SKS rifles have a possibility of "slamfire". There is a company here that makes a fix for this potential issue...

http://www.murraysguns.com/sksown.htm

What do people think about the fix? Anyone ever had it done?

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I had it done, and I have had some light strike issues with Yugo ammo. I am not necessarily sure that the mod is responsible, as I still have a fair bit of cosmo gunking things up, but be aware that it's not a perfect fix.
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I had it done, and I have had some light strike issues with Yugo ammo. I am not necessarily sure that the mod is responsible, as I still have a fair bit of cosmo gunking things up, but be aware that it's not a perfect fix.
What is a "Light Strike" issue?
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dont buy that. Just clean the bolt well. I have never had a slamfire
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I have an old SKS (Russian, I think). It is probably 35 or 40 years old and has not been fired in the last 30 years. In doing some research online I've discovered that some of these old SKS rifles have a possibility of "slamfire". There is a company here that makes a fix for this potential issue...

http://www.murraysguns.com/sksown.htm

What do people think about the fix? Anyone ever had it done?

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If you properly clean the channel the firing pin slides in (sorry do not know the technical term) you will not experience slam fires. If the pin rattles you are in good shape. Just keep it clean and you are good to go. I have shot properly cleaned SKSs for a while and have never had the dreaded slam fire...
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I agree with Yellowsled ... the extra spring is just something else to go wrong. Learn how to remove the firing pin and clean the channel internally occasionally ... keep the rest clean all the time.

I had a Murray spring loaded pin, the spring didn't last a year or 500 rounds ... when it broke, the pin was sticking out - so it would have been causing what it is supposed to cure.
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Clean it good and as long as the firing pin rattles when you shake the bolt your good to go.
Shoot away I have never had a problem with a properly cleaned firing pin.
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I have more than 3 sks's. Of those, 2 have murrays and 1 does not. All function fine, but none are my go-to for home defense.
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Clean it and when you think its clean - clean it some more.
The firing pin should free float.
If you hold the stock up, you should be able to easly push the pin in and it will return. At least mine does.
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I've used the Murray firing pin fix on two different SKS Yugo's no problem so far, with a couple hundred rounds through.

The Old firing pins did have a lot of crap on them when I changed them.

The firing pin would not had been removed or cleaned if I had not change it.

I kept the old pins just in case I can always put it back in.
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When I first bought mine about 13-15 years ago I cleaned good I thought. I had the slam fire thing happen twice and it scared the heck out of me. I then did some reading and as everyone here said "clean it good" . I cleaned it again but much better and low and behold no more slam fire.

So clean it good and enjoy.
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What is a "Light Strike" issue?
Occurs when your slide or bolt slams into battery.
What that means is the firing pin makes a visual
dent on the primer - but does not ignite.
No slamfire. (thank God).
Might happen on any given semiauto.

I for one, will NEVER send a bolt home unless it's pointing down range,
or outside at the berm, etc.


Not worth the hassle.
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Floating firing pins are found in many guns, not just SKSs.

The M1 Garand

M1 Carbine

M14

M16

M1A

AR15

Even the 1911 and 1911-A1 pistols.


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...the firing pin makes a visual
dent on the primer - but does not ignite.
No slamfire. (thank God).
Might happen on any given semiauto.

Perfectly normal on lots of semi-autos.

I single-load my Garands all the time. I start the round about halfway into the chamber, ease the bolt about halfway forward, then let it slam forward the rest of the way. Of course the rifle is pointed downrange. That's the correct way to single-load an M1 without a SLED.

I don't recall ever checking, but I assume there's a light firing pin mark on the primer. That's just normal.
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the other way is to just buy a Russian SKS with the factory spring-loaded firing pin.
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My cousins sks did that last month. Sticking firing pin like other posts. Simple cleaning is all it needed.
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Occurs when your slide or bolt slams into battery.
What that means is the firing pin makes a visual
dent on the primer - but does not ignite.
No slamfire. (thank God).
Might happen on any given semiauto.

I for one, will NEVER send a bolt home unless it's pointing down range,
or outside at the berm, etc.


Not worth the hassle.

Absolutely


Related to thread, CCI makes a harder primer because Garands are known to light others off for this very reason ESPECIALLY if the crimp isn't removed from mil brass.
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dont buy that. Just clean the bolt well. I have never had a slamfire
This!
I know ppl who have had issues after installing this "fix"
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If you are close to Severn, I'll clean the gun and bolt and show you how. Free of charge.
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