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Loose Gas Piston?

Discussion in 'The Kalashnikov Klub' started by BigNic, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. BigNic

    BigNic

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    I shot 300+ flawless rounds through my WASR. While I was cleaning it, I noticed that there was some "play" between the Gas Piston and the Bolt Carrier.

    Is the Piston supposed to have a slight "wiggle" on top of the Bolt Carrier? I never noticed this before. Is it normal to have some play, or should the Piston be rigid on top of the Carrier?
     

  2. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    It is designed to have some play to prevent binding.
     
  3. BigNic

    BigNic

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    Thanks very much for the replies. It is just a slight amount of play, but I never noticed it before, and I wanted to make sure it wasn't a problem. Thanks again.
     
  4. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    It is not designed to have a little play.

    If you look at a non-rebuild rifle you will find that there is no play.

    Will it be a problem? Probably not. My Yugos have a little play. My only question is why you didn't notice it before? Assuming it doesn't get worst after you shoot more....it is no big deal.
     
  5. AustinTx

    AustinTx

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    All the original bolt carrier-piston assemblies had a slight bit of play. I think it makes the piston self-aligning in the cylinder. Most all the AKs from Century (and others) have the US made piston welded to the bolt carrier. That's not correct and I got one enough out of line, that the gun couldn't function. I finally got the piston bent to line up with the cylinder bore and work properly. All the AK kit guns that I have seen, that were put together here have been welded like that.
     
  6. CarlosC

    CarlosC AK Fanatic

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    Sorry RWBlue, I have to agree with AustinTX. The piston must have some play and should not be solidly fixed in the carrier. None of my original AKs (non-kits) were solidly fixed.
     
  7. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

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    Not a chance
    This is correct...
    Seen a few REAL AK's they have a small amount of play.
     
  8. zorkd

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    .ph