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Old February 23, 2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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SKS: Shaky Operating Rod?

So I've watched a number of videos on SKS rifles on youtube. What I have yet to see (or rather, hear) is a shaky operating rod, or at least I think that is what it is called. The handguard on my rifle is mis-matched, which I know is generally not a problem so long as the parts are good. And that that the only real problem from mix-matched parts could be headspace, or at least to my knowledge. Anyway, is it normal for an operating rod to be shaky when shaking the rifle? It seemed legit, and I don't think it would cause anything catastrophic even if it were bad, but it's always better to be sure, I guess. I'm also going to get the thing headspaced, because the last thing I want is a rifle grenade

In reality, this is probably the last thing I should be concerned about, but I'm extremely finicky about these types of things.

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Old February 24, 2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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As long as the upper handguard is secured by the rear sight block takedown lever, there shouldn't be a problem. The primary piston operating rod is designed to have a little tolerance to withstand carbon and debris.
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Old February 24, 2013, 03:23 PM   #3
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Alright, yeah, that makes sense. Thanks!
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Old February 25, 2013, 02:14 AM   #4
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You may want to check the length of the piston itself. It could be that a previous owner could have stuck a piston rod in there for an AK vs. SKS.
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Old February 25, 2013, 05:53 PM   #5
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What is the proper length of the piston?
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Old February 25, 2013, 06:34 PM   #6
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It is not likely that the wrong piston is in there; the AK piston is not only a lot shorter but too large in diameter to fit the gas cylinder of an SKS.

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Old February 25, 2013, 06:53 PM   #7
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Thanks James.
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