SKS Gas Cylinder Tube Disassembly Difficulties


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RP86
November 4, 2006, 06:02 PM
My dad bought a Norinco Chinese SKS and shot it only once before, and from what I could tell today he had only disassembled the gun to clean the barrell and nothing more than that after shooting it. Since it has been sitting in the closet for years I thought it could use a good day at the range. So today I proceeded to clean it, before taking it to the range possibly tomorrow.

The entire disassembly was really easy until it came to removing the Gas Cylinder Tube. As instructed I moved the gas cylinder tube latch to the 10 o'clock position. When I went to pull it off by grabbing the rear of it on the wooden part while pivoting it on the front, the rear of it barely moved. So I double checked the position of the latch and it was in the correct position for removal. I finally used the handle of a plastic tooth brush to basically pry it up, and it worked. I found more than a healthy helping of cosmoline in the gas cylinder, and fully cleaned that out according to the instructions.

To reassemble the gas cylinder tube back onto the gun it took a good amount of work. It is positioned fine and the latch fuctions properly. Is this a common occurence for it to fit so tight?:confused:

Thank you, Ryan

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carterbeauford
November 4, 2006, 11:57 PM
Try installing a brand new one :eek: talk about tight.

I don't think it is abnormal, try tapping the back of the tube (solid steel piece) into place with a plastic or rubber headed hammer. I installed a new tube with attached black plastic handguard, and had to file it to fit under the latch.

Nickodemus
November 5, 2006, 11:25 AM
It is not uncommon to need to file a little. They do fit tight. Make sure you use that latch on your rear sight.

Scoupe
November 5, 2006, 11:28 AM
Normal.

RP86
November 6, 2006, 01:44 PM
Thank you all for your replies. If later on I do decide to file it down a bit which end is the best to do so? By that I mean the the pivot end towards the front sights or where the latch hits it on the rear of the gas cylinder tube near the rear sights?

Thank you, Ryan

Ifishsum
November 6, 2006, 09:05 PM
As long as you can get it into place, I wouldn't file anything. It is supposed to be tight.

Ian Sean
November 6, 2006, 09:27 PM
I have a Russian that goes in and out easy...and my Norinco is tight just as you describe. Perfectly normal in my opinion.

RP86
November 6, 2006, 09:49 PM
As long as it works I'm happy! Thank you all for your input!!!

Thank you, Ryan

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