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Mauser Bolt Assembly

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by regular_guy, Dec 19, 2013.

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  1. regular_guy

    regular_guy Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    I was cleaning two mauser bolts, one from a Yugo M24/47 and the other from a Turkish T38. I was following the disassembly/assembly instructions on surplusrifle, and I thought I had assembled the bolt back together correctly. As it turns out, the bolt slides into the rifle and rotates with no issues, but when I switch the selector lever from safe to fire, the rifle will not fire and the bolt will not rotate upward. It only rotates when the selector lever is on safe. Has anyone had this issue, and if so, how do you fix it? I also disassembled and reassembled the bolt again, but I encountered the same situation. Thanks.
  2. MikeJackmin

    MikeJackmin Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    Forgive me if this sounds obvious, but if you are unfamiliar with mausers this is an easy mistake the make.

    On most mausers, when the safety lever is rotated to the left, the gun is ready to fire. If the lever is upright, the gun is safe. If the lever is all the way to the right, the gun is safe, and the action is locked closed.

    Any chance you have the right and left positions confused? It happens.
  3. sidibear

    sidibear Member

    May 19, 2009
    Birmingham UK
    You haven't assembled it fully.
    You need to pull back the cocking section on the bottom of the bolt and give it another 1/4 turn.
    I use the edge of a step to push it against while I am pushing the bolt down.
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