Greetings folks! Okay, so I have to admit Im an AR guy. I can build, troubleshoot, and I know how they work. My M70AB2 was under the Xmas tree.
The weapon is gorgeous and everything Ive read to date is that you want a nice tight rifle. No slop in the mag/magwell, tight furniture, no slop in the action...I think mine is TOO tight. The action wasnt working right, holding open until I nudged the latch, then she slammed home. I thought "wow - an AK with a hold-open ...even without a mag!I". Really? I put a mag in and then the action didnt want to close at all.
I was thinking originally that it was just dirty, so I stripped it down and sure enough, it (she - Natasha, actually) was jammed up with cosmoline, gummy grease, dirt, metal shavings,etc. The gas tube was LOADED with sh!t (cosmo, grease, carbon). I spent over four hours cleaning. What a mess she was.
Anyway, can anyone help with a couple questions?
1. When breaking down the weapon I could not, for the life of me, get that cleaning rod out. I ended up putting a drift punch thru the hole, putting the drift in a vice and yanking as hard as I could. Will this loosen up after a few rounds? A break in issue? Get it nice and hot?
2. I thought "hold open" was a function of the mag. What could be lightly jamming the action back without a mag in it? Another break in issue? It closes with a nudge...My Garand needs a nudge sometimes
3. Whats worse, is that 90% of the time, If I put an empty mag in, I cant cock the weapon. The op-rod gets hung up on the mag somehow... Sometimes it will cock, then when I nudge it fwd as I *always* have to do, it bangs in to the back of the mag. Did I just get a pair of bad mags, or do I need to load 'em up with rounds and go to the range and see what happens?
Other littler thungs, like the lever by the rear sight that needs a plastic mallet to open and release the gas tube/upper heat shield...a little frustrating for an AR guy whos guns run like sewing machines. I have to admit I love the bad boy image and the rough construction...Im just not used to it.
Can you guys set me straight? I appreciate the help!!