posted on Dec, 24 2006 @ 04:10 AM
Originally posted by Retseh
Originally posted by orangetom1999 Eventually ...though I have no ambition to own one, I will have to shoot one and learn how to take
one down. I am thinking they take down very similar to a SKS....is this correct??
They are broadly similar. The SKS has the swivelling catch at the side of the receiver cover for take-down where the AK has a push button (looks like
a hammer at the back of the receiver cover) which is actually an extension of the spring loaded op rod. The bolt is tiny compared to an SKS and slots
into a circular sleeve on the bolt carrier as opposed to the huge angled locking lug which mate the 2 together on the SKS bolt and bolt carrier. The
front gas tube comes off the exact same way on both rifles. The thing that really surprised me about disassembling the AK was the was the gas piston
and bolt carrier all come out as one long piece - it looks and feels as if it should come apart, but it doesn't.
First off to REtseh,
Thank you for your description of how a AK type rifle takes down. I have seen people shooting them at the gun club to which I belong but never
wanted to mess with them and certainly have not seen one taken apart. In retrospect they must be somewhat similar in that they would have to be
Soldier proof to a great extent.
As I learned to disassemble my SKS rifles I began to marvel at the simplicity of the design though compared to the AR 15 or the M1 Garand I also
own..they are crude by comparison. But you know Retseh I suppose to its credit ..some of this crudity aids in the functioning of the rifle under
extream conditions. It is obvious with my machinery background that the tolerances are not what is customary on American firearms or a finely made
European bolt actions or a FN/LAR, or HK design.
Nevertheless there is a certain rationale, logic and reason to the KISS Principle in the SKS/AK designs. Also King Tigers rationale is difficult
against which to argue. I will have to learn to take one down and reassemble though I prefer my SKS rifles.
I will be taking both my SKS Rifles and my 1903 Springfield to the range tomorrow for some shooting practice. Looking foreward to it. All my equipment
is prestaged in my garage ready to go. Purchased about 100 rounds today.
I am considerig a small short range scope for one of my SKS rifles as this is not really a long range shooter...as is my 1903 Springfield.
Gentlemen..let us not allow this thread to degenerate into a slugfest of which I am also guilty. My apologies for this.
While I am a Bloody Yank and proud of it. I do not often care for these posts when they degenerate so to the lowest common denominator so to speak.
I too..believe in freedom of speech though I am often given to replying in kind...and not letting certain concepts pass up a opportunity to rebutt.
It is just that I think some of us can do better than allowing a thread to so degenerate. Passion in debate is good..but not when it so
I am not intending to insult anyone here but just urging that the bar on our conduct and respect levels be raised a bit..even in disagreement.
Thanks to all for their posts,