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sks firing problems

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by sks fanatic, Dec 16, 2006.

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  1. sks fanatic

    sks fanatic Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    hello everyone, I'm new to this forum, but i'm wondering if someone can help me out.
    I have a chinese sks and the thing won't fire the second shot i can cycle a shell into the chamber and it will fire but the next shot wont fire it cycles it into the chamber but wont fire it i looked at the shell and it looks like the firing pin barely hit it could it be the firing pin or is it something else.
    SKS Fanatic
  2. Mac's

    Mac's Member

    Dec 27, 2003
    First of all, you need to make sure that all of the Cosmolene is out of the trigger group and the bolt/carrier. Disassemble it and clean it in a safe solvent with a brush. Don't disassemble the trigger group unless you're familiar with SKS's...just soak it, brush it, work it and blow clean with compressed air. Remove the firing pin and clean the channel. USE CAUTION! The SKS firing pins can go in two ways. Upside down can result in a slam fire.
    Check to be sure that the hammer is not following thru and delivering a lite strike on the primer. Hope this helps.
    Keep yer powder dry, Mac.
    Tuff-Gun Finishes. The Name Says It All.
    Mac's shootin' Irons
  3. Plink

    Plink Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    When you pull the trigger on the second shot, does the hammer fall? It sounds like the hammer is riding the bolt. If that's the case, the problem is in the trigger group and you will either need to replace it, or diagnose the problem and replace the problematic part which is either the hammer or sear.
  4. hueytaxi

    hueytaxi Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    Lakeland, Fl
    I think you have received the correct advice. When I bought my M Model, I had the same problem without the firing pin detent and assumed it was bad mags. Since i did not detect any cosmoline in normal cleaning, I didn't take it down prior to firing. Experiencing the same problem with "new" mags, I took it apart. Most of the cosmoline had been removed, but a "varnish" was present that was blocking the bolt from properly moving forward with proper impact. A good soak and a toothbrush and it works fine. Wish I knew what the Viet Cong used to keep theirs SKS's from rusting. I have an original that I've never lubed and it still looks like the day I got it.
  5. lathedog

    lathedog Member

    Aug 28, 2006
    I had this problem also.

    All the above advice is good, especially about cleaning.

    The problem with my SKS was the "rebound hammer". At least that's what I think it is called. Sorry I don't have a parts list with me. This is the stirup looking piece towards the front that fits into the trigger group on dual pins. It can be removed without tools IIRC. The dual lugs that kick the trigger bar out of engagement with the sear were made too short.

    Sorry again if I messed up the part names. No parts list handy and it's been toooo long since I have been up close to one of my SKS's.

    Oh- Be very careful as you can get a slam fire from this condition. Just letting the bolt ride home with a live cartridge can result in a discharge.

    I recommend a very objective assessment of your mechanical abilities before attempting to troubleshoot and repair. This is not meant to be insulting. I have paid money to gunsmiths with store front businesses to do work in the past that should have taken this same objective look. Find a competent gunsmith.
  6. norico

    norico Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    NEED help/INFO

    hey, people, i am having issues with my Chinese sks, and i dont know what the problem is. It won't shoot,all it does is click because it's not hitting the precaution cap hard enough. I put a brand new murrays FP in it. and still "CLICK". the sear is hitting it all the way with full force and still "CLICK" and i don't know what it could be, any suggestions.
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