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BigShep85
November 16, 2012, 04:33 PM
Yes there is and I am one. I bought one due to the cheap price of ammo and for the reason everybody else has one, DURABILITY. I have never owned one or handled one. But due to the fact that........I have never owned one :D I decided to familiarize myself with one. Couldn't believe how rough it felt but rugged and manly and I believe I like it. Only problem is the slide wont ride completely forward when pulled back and one magazine is EXTREMELY hard to release. I am out to shoot it this weekend and see how I like it.

Quentin2
November 17, 2012, 01:15 AM
... Only problem is the slide wont ride completely forward when pulled back and one magazine is EXTREMELY hard to release. I am out to shoot it this weekend and see how I like it.

Sounds like a WASR, let the bolt slam forward as it will hang on the hammer if you ride it forward. Shouldn't be a problem when you fire the rifle.

Need more info on the magazines before commenting. Is the tight mag a plastic fantastic thingie or a real steel comblock mag? Do other mags fit better? What types work and don't work? If plastic not surplus steel, what brand?

BigShep85
November 17, 2012, 07:14 AM
It is a steel mag and others do fit better

plouffedaddy
November 17, 2012, 08:04 AM
As for the mag it's likely getting caught on the rear locking tab/lug. Just put some crayon around it and insert/remove it a few times to see where it's catching then file a little from that area of the mag.

As to the bolt carrier going all the way forward: If you pull hard on it to the rear and release it at the most rearward point will it go forward into battery?

If not, try putting some grease/CLP/oil on the hammer and the bottom of the bolt carrier. (shooting a few hundred rounds will likely polish this area up as well). If that doesn't work I have another idea but try that one first...

AK103K
November 17, 2012, 08:49 AM
Take a look at the mag release, and especially the edge where it contacts the tail on the mags. The part is a stamping, and usually has a sharp edge due to the manufacturing process. That edge has a habit of grabbing on to the tail on the mag, making it tough to release. If you take a jewelers file, and "break" that edge, I think youll find all the mags release a lot smoother, and you should easily be able to do it with your middle finger while your hand is on the grip. You dont want to get carried away here, just lightly break or round that edge, and remove anything sharp. Ive done/do this to all my AK's, and its always solved the problem. The problem with filing on the mags is, it tends to make the mags "gun specific", which can be a problem if you have more than one AK.

Another place that benefits from a little filing is the selector and a small spot on the receiver. If you hit the little "tit" on the back of the selector (the part that makes the "arc") and the spot on the receiver where it rests when in the "safe" position, it will make the selector a lot easier to operate, especially with one finger and your hand on the grip. You mainly want to break the sharp point, and favor a slight slope towards the bottom. Depending on your receiver, you may have to break a ledge or shelf, or just smooth up a bend or fold in the metal. This will allow the selector to slide smoothly out of safe without hang up.

Quentin2
November 17, 2012, 04:46 PM
It would be nice for you to acknowledge if any of the suggestions helped.

And is this a WASR? Does the bolt still hang if you let it slam forward from its rearmost position, not riding it back with your hand.

lee n. field
November 18, 2012, 05:20 PM
Only problem is the slide wont ride completely forward when pulled back

Pull the charging handle back, and let fly.

and one magazine is EXTREMELY hard to release. I

AK magazines are cheap. Replace it.