sks firing problems


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December 16, 2006, 12:28 AM
hello everyone, I'm new to this forum, but i'm wondering if someone can help me out.
I have a chinese sks and the thing won't fire the second shot i can cycle a shell into the chamber and it will fire but the next shot wont fire it cycles it into the chamber but wont fire it i looked at the shell and it looks like the firing pin barely hit it could it be the firing pin or is it something else.
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December 16, 2006, 09:48 AM
First of all, you need to make sure that all of the Cosmolene is out of the trigger group and the bolt/carrier. Disassemble it and clean it in a safe solvent with a brush. Don't disassemble the trigger group unless you're familiar with SKS's...just soak it, brush it, work it and blow clean with compressed air. Remove the firing pin and clean the channel. USE CAUTION! The SKS firing pins can go in two ways. Upside down can result in a slam fire.
Check to be sure that the hammer is not following thru and delivering a lite strike on the primer. Hope this helps.
Keep yer powder dry, Mac.
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December 16, 2006, 06:12 PM
When you pull the trigger on the second shot, does the hammer fall? It sounds like the hammer is riding the bolt. If that's the case, the problem is in the trigger group and you will either need to replace it, or diagnose the problem and replace the problematic part which is either the hammer or sear.

December 16, 2006, 09:24 PM
I think you have received the correct advice. When I bought my M Model, I had the same problem without the firing pin detent and assumed it was bad mags. Since i did not detect any cosmoline in normal cleaning, I didn't take it down prior to firing. Experiencing the same problem with "new" mags, I took it apart. Most of the cosmoline had been removed, but a "varnish" was present that was blocking the bolt from properly moving forward with proper impact. A good soak and a toothbrush and it works fine. Wish I knew what the Viet Cong used to keep theirs SKS's from rusting. I have an original that I've never lubed and it still looks like the day I got it.

December 17, 2006, 10:02 AM
I had this problem also.

All the above advice is good, especially about cleaning.

The problem with my SKS was the "rebound hammer". At least that's what I think it is called. Sorry I don't have a parts list with me. This is the stirup looking piece towards the front that fits into the trigger group on dual pins. It can be removed without tools IIRC. The dual lugs that kick the trigger bar out of engagement with the sear were made too short.

Sorry again if I messed up the part names. No parts list handy and it's been toooo long since I have been up close to one of my SKS's.

Oh- Be very careful as you can get a slam fire from this condition. Just letting the bolt ride home with a live cartridge can result in a discharge.

I recommend a very objective assessment of your mechanical abilities before attempting to troubleshoot and repair. This is not meant to be insulting. I have paid money to gunsmiths with store front businesses to do work in the past that should have taken this same objective look. Find a competent gunsmith.

September 22, 2011, 02:35 AM
hey, people, i am having issues with my Chinese sks, and i dont know what the problem is. It won't shoot,all it does is click because it's not hitting the precaution cap hard enough. I put a brand new murrays FP in it. and still "CLICK". the sear is hitting it all the way with full force and still "CLICK" and i don't know what it could be, any suggestions.

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