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AK question...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 22_Shooter, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. 22_Shooter

    22_Shooter Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. ID_shooting

    ID_shooting Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. 22_Shooter

    22_Shooter Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the quick reply. Thats what I figured, just wanted to make sure tho.:D
  4. busy_squirrel

    busy_squirrel Well-Known Member

    It'll stop doing that after you get out there and shoot your new gun some.;)
  5. M1 Shooter

    M1 Shooter Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. 22_Shooter

    22_Shooter Well-Known Member

    I know I need to get out and shoot it more:eek:. I need to find the time too is all.
  7. busy_squirrel

    busy_squirrel Well-Known Member

    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:
  8. 22_Shooter

    22_Shooter Well-Known Member

    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:.
  9. bl4ckd0g

    bl4ckd0g Well-Known Member

    clean out the internal parts if you haven't done so already.
  10. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. 22_Shooter

    22_Shooter Well-Known Member

    :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?
  12. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    All the eastern european mags are good. Stay away from US made AK mags, they are hit and miss (mostly miss).
  13. 22_Shooter

    22_Shooter Well-Known Member

    OK, thanks. Good to know.
  14. Expertowgunner

    Expertowgunner Well-Known Member

    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 ;)
  15. 22_Shooter

    22_Shooter Well-Known Member

    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".
  16. MD_Willington

    MD_Willington Well-Known Member

    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...
  17. 22_Shooter

    22_Shooter Well-Known Member

    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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