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Old December 14, 2012, 10:37 AM   #2
chiefr
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I had the same problem with a Chinese SKS several years ago. The firing pin froze in the out position. When I disassembled the bolt I found galling of the retaining pin into the firing pin which froze it out. I ended up replacing the entire bolt assembly and make sure it is kept lubed.

IMHO, this is a poor and dangerous design as the primer itself is used to push the firing pin back into battery before the hammer strikes. I have no idea why the Chinese never used a spring to return the firing pin into battery instead of a cartridge.
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