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Old 10-28-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default New sks should i have it checked before firing?

R is there a way to check it myself before taking it to the range? Dealer never fired it, took it on trade gorgeous clean piece.

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SKS's are built very roubust, If you want to check it before firing pull it apart make sure the cosmoline is removed and look it over with a flash light for gouges, cracks or deformations. You will be good to go with firing it unless there is somthing that may lead you to belive it may be unsafe. Take her out to the range and have fun. Most dealers will not test fire every gun they get in stock, this is normal.

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I remember when I first got my SKS, It took quite awhile to get all of the cosmoline removed. And I had a friend that was a gunsmith that showed me how to take it apart and clean it. Then a couple of days later when I took it out to try it out. I remember that I fired enough rounds through it to get the barrel hot enough to almost burn me when I touched it. It must have still had a small amount of cosmoline somewhere as it felt a little oily. You could also see a little smoke coming from it, that was why I touched the barrel. I have never had a misfeed or misfire from that rifle. I love it!

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As said. Field strip it, check the bolt, be sure the firing pin moves freely. There have been documented cases of uncontrolled full auto fire that have resulted from a FP being stuck in the extended position- dried cosmoline.

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SKS's are built very roubust, If you want to check it before firing pull it apart make sure the cosmoline is removed and look it over with a flash light for gouges, cracks or deformations. You will be good to go with firing it unless there is something that may lead you to belive it may be unsafe. Take her out to the range and have fun. Most dealers will not test fire every gun they get in stock, this is normal.
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Very simple devices. Not really a lot to go wrong. Clean, inspect, lube & enjoy.
As for the cosmoline, if you know anyone with a parts washer, give them a shout. Brake cleaner also works well too.
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One trick I use to help get cosmoline out of stock:

Wrap stock in absorbent paper towels.
Then wrap that in a black plastic bag.
Put it then in a car on the deck behind rear seat and leave it there for 48 hours.

The cosmoline get absorbed into the paper towels.
(But the wife has this thing about gun smell in her car, so I use the son's)

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At least run some patches through the barrel.
Make sure the barrel is not plugged.
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This ISN'T like buying a Ruger, Remington, or Mossberg. Which

comes out of the box cleaned, and lightly lubricated.


All Combloc Milsurps and clones need to be field stripped,

and carefully cleaned, to avoid either a disaster, or the

"Mother Of All Jams".

Getting a round which is jammed in the chamber, with

cosmoline as an adhesive, is a truly memorable experience.

Not a good one, like seeing the Grand Canyon, or Mt.

Rushmore. More like an Evil Dead nightmare.

If you got a particularly clean piece, you might want to

consider leaving it, and buying a junky beater to shoot.

My buddy got a really clean Chinese SKS with the cruciform

bayo, and I let him shoot mine, so he can keep his mint.

The value on the nice ones is skyrocketing.

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As C3 says, the sticky firing pin is a critical concern. There are Youtube videos of magazine dumps done with an SKS with a sticky firing pin. Pull it apart (once again, Youtube can help) and see if the firing pin rattles freely when shaken.

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As C3 says, the sticky firing pin is a critical concern. There are Youtube videos of magazine dumps done with an SKS with a sticky firing pin. Pull it apart (once again, Youtube can help) and see if the firing pin rattles freely when shaken.
If it doesn't the pin may be rusted (must disassemble) or spring loaded (you're lucky)
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