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Tell me 'bout your AK jamming?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by john l, Dec 28, 2003.

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  1. john l

    john l Member

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    Since we all worship reliablility in our weapons, does anyone have any " My AK jammed" stories?

    I have over 2000 rounds fired between two of my AKs- with no jams. I have a friend who had a wierd round not go off ( Wolf ammo ) but that is the only story I have heard. And yes, I know that 2000 rounds isn't a lot.

    I am another AK fan, and an AR fan, and a FAL fan........

    john l
     
  2. 10mmshooter

    10mmshooter Member

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    I heard an urban legend about this happening once, but I find it very hard to believe. I have never experienced a jam with my AK, and I don't know anyone personally who has. I don't see this thread as having multiple page potential.:D
     
  3. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

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    I managed to have a few malfunctions in my Mak-90 (and SKS) when using underpowered plastic-core ammunition.
     
  4. swingset

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    I managed to have quite a few FTF/FTE with both my Maadi & a NHM-91, tho certainly they ran good the majority of the time.

    They're good reliable designs, but yes Virginia, you can jam an AK.
     
  5. Engineer

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    The only problem I had with an AK jamming is when I did a Saiga conversion myself and the feedramp that I installed protruded too far out on one side causing FTF's from the right side. A little Dremel work and everything is running smoothly now.
     
  6. SodaPop

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    I've seen it happen.


    Once when a cleaning patch got jammed in the action.:p

    And the other was an SAR I that seemed to have trouble with HP rounds.
     
  7. Dave Markowitz

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    I have a Saiga converted to look like an AK-103. The conversion was done by Hesse, and the replacement US-made fire control parts they installed were too soft. Eventually, part of the hammer peened and caused it to get stuck on the disconnector. No matter how hard I pulled the trigger, I got not even a "click." :banghead:

    I need to test it now that I've replaced the FCG with Tapco's G2 parts.
     
  8. yesterdaysyouth

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    a stock production ak.....

    never heard of it...
     
  9. TallPine

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    Sounds like another subject for "the shortest books in the world"

    :D
     
  10. boing

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    Only with a magazine that got bashed in on the side while it was loaded. Had a couple of feed failures while "unloading" it, until the follower reached the damaged area and got stuck.

    I unbashed it with a hammer and a pair of pliers and it works fine now. :)
     
  11. ARperson

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    I had a SAR-2 that was a bolt action when the top cover was installed. Pull off the top cover and it ran like a champ. I have since replaced the topcover and it has run well eversince. I have handled 3 SAR-1s at a local gun shop, and all if you cycled the bolt slowly, it would lock up to the rear. Didn't think this would be a problem on the SAR-2, but it was.
     
  12. Lee F

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    Never had a AK jam that was gun related.

    But I have several Chinese 30 round magazines that won't feed three rounds in a row. I bought three Bulgarian magazines at a gun show that couldn't be removed from the rifle once they were snapped in place (on a SAR 1 or MAK-90). A few minutes with a file solved that problem. Just like the AR or FAL the AK is no better than the magazines that feed them. Thankfully the AK mag's are in a different class than the AR mag's for strength and longevity.
     
  13. Gabe

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    I've heard second hand stories of cook offs after extended full auto sessions. Of course that is a common problem of rifles being used as machineguns.
     
  14. jzimm9mm

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    My SAR-1 has jammed 3 or 4 times. I haven't determined if they were caused by the magazine or the gun. I've also found empty casings in the receiver when I take it down for cleaning. Out of my SAR-1, AR-15, and FAL, only the FAL has been 100% reliable.

    Jer..
     
  15. ninjalawyer

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    I've got an old East German steel magazine that feeds the last shot at a funny angle, often causing a jam. I pulled it aside to replace the spring and follower, but it turns out that they cost more than a newmag. Guess it's time to pick up some Bulgarians...
     
  16. Tomac

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    In the 14yrs I've owned AK's I've personally witnessed only one problem w/an AK: A friend brought his Polytech sidefolder out to play (had been in storage for years w/o cleaning/lubing) and installed a recoil buffer. Shot fine for a couple hundred rds but then started short-stroking. Took the buffer out and it was fine. Turns out the gas port was clogged, took all of 30 seconds w/the gas port tool to remedy, no further problems since then. Tomac
     
  17. Duke of Lawnchair

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    My father's Norinco AK-84S has had a few failure to eject/extract.
     
  18. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

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    I have one Chinese magazine that has gone bad. And I have had one bad (dud) round. I have never had the actual rifle cause a problem.

    And John, you know how well I clean my guns! :D
     
  19. Rhinodogg

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    My SAR-1 eats anything and everything. No FTF or FTE ever. It did slamfire once though, or I think thats what happened? Fired two rounds with one pull of the trigger.
     
  20. Longbow

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    Never a malfunction of any kind!

    We "jam" together everytime I take 'em to the range! :D
     
  21. dadman

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    Had a few 'jams' with a Maadi AK. May have been ammo related, don't know. Cleared and pressed on.
     
  22. tire iron

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    I have a Rumanian AK that can't make it through one full magazine without a FTE.

    Doesn't matter what ammo or which kind of magazine (E. German Steel, Chinese Steel, Bulgarian Steel, Bulgarian Waffles, Chinese Drum, Russian Drum, Romanian Drum, etc. etc.)

    When some one else fires it, so I can watch the action, 2-5 rounds will extract with typical AK violence - and the next round will barely fall out of the action.

    I have tried different bolts, and even bolt carriers. I have replaced extractors. All to no avail. It is STILL unreliable. Can't bring myself to sell it - as I will just be passing off these troubles onto someone else - so I would like to fix it.

    I have inspected the fired cases for any evidence of chamber irregularities - and even 'polished' the chamber with a small piece of scotch bright pad and my cordless drill. Didn't fix it.

    If anyone goes over to AK47.net - there are a lot of posts in the 'trouble shooting' section. AK's are like every other machine on the planet - they CAN and WILL 'go down'. Granted - some designs are more inherintly reliable than others - but any firearm will go down the abuse and neglect. I routinely fire a case (1,000 rounds) of Wolf through my AR's before cleaning them. How much more reliability is needed??

    Anyhow - any ideas out there regarding my 'unreliable' AK?

    cheers

    tire iron
     
  23. Destructo6

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    I had one dented primer - no ignition incident in my MAK90. That's the only failure I've experienced with it and it can't really be blamed on the gun.

    My SIG P226 9mm has been similarly reliable.
     
  24. Tomac

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    Tire Iron, check your gas piston to see if it's rubbing/binding against the inside of the gas tube. Century welds their stainless gas piston to the bolt carrier instead of properly pinning it with a little play. If the gas piston is off center just a bit and rubbing/binding then it can create exactly the kind of problem you've described. HTH...
    Tomac
     
  25. 45R

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    I wouldnt know. I live in the PRK. :rolleyes:
     
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