AK cleaning question!

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by synical, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. synical

    synical New Member

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    when breaking down my ak for cleaning should I remove the piston and clean the area in which it sits in the bolt carrier? And if so How do I remove the piston from the bolt Carrier?
     
  2. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Cleaning an AK? :confused: seriously though just search on youtube lots of videos.
     

  3. DeanWormer

    DeanWormer New Member

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    I'm not sure anyone ever does. Type in "Jim Fuller AK" for some great AK stuff.
     
  4. 7.62 Man

    7.62 Man New Member

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    Cleaning an AK isn't necessary unless you are shooting corrosive ammo or the accuracy all of a suddenly falls off.
    No, don't take the piston out of the carrier unless it needs changing, just clean the carbon off of the end with a stiff wire brush.
     
  5. synical

    synical New Member

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    ok thanks guys. yeah I clean every weapon I have very well after its fired. reguardless if its an AK or a .22 just gives me piece of mind and keeps my stuff in good condition.
     
  6. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Probably for the best. I clean my AK too.

    You don't need to separate the piston from the carrier though. There is a pin that goes through the carrier and the piston to hold it in place. It is then contoured to the shape of the carrier so it can be hard to see.
     
  7. KalashnikovJosh

    KalashnikovJosh New Member

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    Unless you are for some reason wanting to really get your gun clean,perhaps for storage or just because,you don't need to do much more then simply field strip the weapon and clean it as you would normally clean any other rifle.You do not need to disassemble it any further then that to clean it,only for repair and/or replacement of parts.

    When you clean your AK pay special attention to the gas hole in the gas block and the gas block itself.Make sure you get in there and clean it well.Even without corrosive ammo,this is where erosion of the barrel can start and also where combustion residue can build up and cause failure to cycle malfunctions(rarely,but it can happen).

    Sometimes,I take a rag and clean the inside of the sight block out where the gas assembly goes,but not all the time.I do clean out the piston tube and clean the piston whenever I clean the weapon,but you do not need to remove your piston from the carrier.

    Make sure to use a LIGHT amount of grease on your mainspring upon reassembly.

    You can abuse an AK much more then you can alot of other rifles,but it is still a mechanical device and despite its peasant-proof design,it can fail.Not keeping it clean can make failure more likely.

    Please clean your weapons regularly,clean guns are happy guns.:)
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2012
  8. synical

    synical New Member

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    yeah I know what you mean about cleaning the gas tube. that thing gets really dirty. Also can you pull the firing pin out of the bolt? on my AR-15 its easy but I have yet to find anything letting the firing pin go from the carrier. maybe I am missing something but I dont wanna pull the wrong thing and mess it up.
     
  9. 7.62 Man

    7.62 Man New Member

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    Here is a video showing the disassembly and reassembly of the AK47 bolt.


    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix8g8TLKGpI[/ame]
     
  10. synical

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  11. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Field strip, clean, wipe down, re-assemble.

    I use ATF on my ComBloc semis.

    It suspends the dirt and makes clean up

    easy-the soot wipes right off clean parts.

    Herds cheaper and faster than all that other

    12$/2 ounce bottle crap...