need WASR-10 mag release help


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7mmsavage
June 19, 2007, 06:43 AM
I have a problem that I have not heard mentioned with my WASR. Sometimes the mag release lever is very hard to push forward, feels like it is stuck on the magazine. The mags seem to go into place fine, and there is very little wobble. Has anyone had a similar problem or is this probably a result of low quality control standards? I have tried polishing the surfaces of the mags and the release, and the problem doesn't happen every time, although it seems more common after firing the rifle as opposed to just inserting an empty mag. Other than this the gun runs perfectly, no problems feeding or ejecting and is a lot of fun to shoot. Thanks

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lee n. field
June 19, 2007, 08:51 AM
Has anyone had a similar problem or is this probably a result of low quality control standards?

That would be my guess. Mine did the same thing, with one magazine. A little work on the magazine latch with a fine file fixed that.

dstorm1911
June 19, 2007, 09:46 AM
Its common with stamped mag latches regardless of commercial (WASR/SAR) or military versions and why I replace all of the ones in my builds with milled ones however ya can fix it, the problem is the sharp edge on the mag latch on the backside of the latch ya can CAREFULLY round it off a lil buit be careful not to change the leangth of the latch only round the edges where it contacts the Mag if ya shorten the latch ya can end up with reliability issues.... if ya only use a few mags ya can as mentioned polish the latch tab on the mag but be aware of tolerance stacking, in other words if ya acidentally shorten the mag lat and then ya polish the latch ramp ya are now going to end up with a loose mag...

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