AK question...


July 21, 2007, 10:39 PM
I was just fondling my new Saiga 7.62x39, and when I pulled the charging handle all the way back, it stayed there (pulled back slowly and released slowly). As soon as I touched it very lightly it slammed home like it should. But my question is, is this normal? It only has 20 rounds through it, so is it a case of needing to smooth itself out? More lube? Or is there something wrong?

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July 21, 2007, 10:42 PM
Way normal operation. When charging, pull to the rear and just let go.

The hammer pushes up on the bottom of the bolt carrier and binds it up on the guard rails if you try to ride it home.

July 21, 2007, 10:45 PM
Thanks for the quick reply. Thats what I figured, just wanted to make sure tho.:D

July 21, 2007, 10:50 PM
It'll stop doing that after you get out there and shoot your new gun some.;)

M1 Shooter
July 21, 2007, 10:50 PM
My SAR-1 would do that. I used to do that to help it cool after shooting a lot of rapid fire. The neat thing was that when it was held open like that, I could insert a mag and the bolt would immediately slam shut and chamber a round, ready to go. I know it wasn't designed to work like that, but I thought it was pretty neat anyway.

July 21, 2007, 10:57 PM
I know I need to get out and shoot it more:o. I need to find the time too is all.

July 21, 2007, 11:30 PM
My Saiga did that for about the first 8 mags, but won't anymore. In fact, I was handling it (the Saiga) when I read this thread.;)

You know about the BHO lever right?:neener:

July 21, 2007, 11:45 PM
Good to know it will smoothen itself out, and yes, I know about the BHO. I'll admit, I didn't know when I first got my rifle, but I searched online and figured it out. I find myself fondling my Saiga quite often, hahahaha. That sounds so bad:rolleyes:.

July 22, 2007, 03:01 PM
clean out the internal parts if you haven't done so already.

July 22, 2007, 09:09 PM
I find myself fondling my Saiga quite often

listen very quietly the next time you're doing this and see if she speaks to you.....maybe something like.....

"I can do so much more for you, cut my chains and set me free to be all that I was meant to be." Convert me...please, please, oh please, convert me!

at least that's what mine said to me.

July 22, 2007, 11:08 PM
:DLOL. A future conversion is definite. I'm gonna start buying parts little by little. Speaking of buying things little by little, I was gonna buy some East German 30 rounders, are they any good?

July 22, 2007, 11:33 PM
All the eastern european mags are good. Stay away from US made AK mags, they are hit and miss (mostly miss).

July 23, 2007, 10:36 AM
OK, thanks. Good to know.

July 23, 2007, 11:32 AM
East German and Russian mags are best (AKM anyway) and bulgarians are not bad either. Chinese mags seem to be good too but are harder to find. STAY WAY FROM AMERICAN MAGS!! Not a big fan of polymer mags, but bulgarian waffles are not bad at all ;)

July 23, 2007, 12:16 PM
I can't have US made mags, over 10 rounds anyway. Im in NY, in order to have a mag that holds more than 10 rounds, it has to be "pre-ban". So that's why I was looking at the East German mags, I was told they are ALL "pre-ban".

July 23, 2007, 01:38 PM
You sure you didn't put pressure on the bolt hold open?

Never tried it on my S.223 without the BHO... but since that is removed now, maybe I'll try it...

July 23, 2007, 02:14 PM
I don't think so. I'm trying to think back to how I was holding it, but I can't remember. I doubt I was though.

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