Kalashnikov Conundrum


June 10, 2009, 05:55 PM
I just purchased yesterday a WASR-10. Yeah yeah, Iknow it's a cheaply made AK. The wood is cr@ppy but atleast when I ding it I won't cry ... and the sights aren't canted.:p
Last night I took the receiver cover off using that button on the rear of the receiver. I had the dangdest time getting it back on. It didn't want to stay in the slot on the front of the receiver and seat itself properly.
I did eventually get it back. But I am curious is there a "trick" or something that makes this easier? I don't need any more practice at sounding like a sailor:eek: .
Anyone who knows a trick ... please speak up??? :)

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June 10, 2009, 05:59 PM
Once you get the front of the cover into the recess in the receiver, and the back slot lined up with and just above the "button" portion of the guide, a really good smack with the heel of the hand usually works wonders. :p

Badger Arms
June 10, 2009, 06:01 PM
Line it up with the notch above the breech first and push it forward as far as it will go. Then, Smack it at the same sloping angle as the back of the receiver cover, down and forward.

June 10, 2009, 06:03 PM
It'll get easier with time, just keep practicing. And I don't care what anyone says, those WASRs are fabulous AKs, the OEM wood just sucks. But I have a WASR-10 as well and replaced the wood with laminated AKM furniture. Looks much better don't it? ;)



Prince Yamato
June 10, 2009, 06:59 PM
Easier still:

Place the recoil spring slightly BELOW its little niche in the receiver, simply and EASILY place the cover on top of the receiver (it should now go on as easy as if you had no recoil spring in there), hold the top cover down with your left hand, pull the charging handle to cock the empty rifle. The little "button" on the back of the recoil spring should pop right into the receiver cover.

Dr. Fresh
June 10, 2009, 07:16 PM
The nice thing is, if the factory stock breaks, you can make a new one out of a 2x4. :D

June 10, 2009, 08:35 PM
I've had one about two years. It works as Mr K intended.

June 10, 2009, 08:35 PM
I've had two AK's where the top cover didnt fit properly and were difficult to get back on, regardless how many times you did it. Both were US built guns.

The problem with both seemed to be the fit/alignment of the rear of the receiver and sight block and not so much the top cover itself. You had to place the front of the cover into the slot on the sight block, and physically force the cover forward at the rear to clear the receiver.

Never had this problem with any of the foreign assembled guns.

June 10, 2009, 09:06 PM
I've had that problem with both my saiga 308 and wasr-10. I found that it just gets easier and easier with practice.

June 10, 2009, 09:30 PM
It took me a couple of weeks to get the hang of it on my Romanian AK. Now it's a snap.

June 10, 2009, 11:17 PM
Thanks guys!

June 11, 2009, 09:28 AM
Want to talk about a tight fit, I picked up ribbed Romanian receiver covers to replace the plain ones on my Saiga .223 and .308 and at first the fit was extremely tight, but it loosens up in time.

I still prefer wood on my WASR.

As far as the WASR being cheaply made...well, it's supposed to be.

June 11, 2009, 11:17 AM
Yeah, don't care that it's cheap. Cheap can be good.
I just want it to work.

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