Sks loose tube

Discussion in 'AK & SKS Discussion' started by primer1, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A coworker showed me his new to him norinco Sks. It was in excellent shape, with cosmoline still in the cracks and crevic
     
  2. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Oops wrong button...

    Anyway, looked new. The gas tube had a lot of wiggle to it. The lateral was pretty tight, but it would rotate more than I thought it should, like 20 degrees or so. Is this normal or an issue?

    Search didn't bring me to anything.
     

  3. Josh1158

    Josh1158 New Member

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    I dont think its normal. Mine dosent move at all. I think it would be ok as long as there isnt any left to right or back and forth movement though.
     
  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Is the tube rotating or just the wood in the handguard?
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Does if function properly? This is a rifle designed for combat, not match shooting. A little "slop" in various parts is normal and advantageous to reliable functioning.
     
  6. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The tube rotates a lot, with the guard. There is a small amount of in and out movement, much like my marriage. :)
     
  7. LKermit

    LKermit New Member

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    Primer 1, that tube should be pretty much rock solid both end to end and side to side. A slight amount of rotational play is normal, but only a slight bit.

    Loose usually means leak, which could affect the rifle's cycling.

    The tube should be tight enough in its cradle at the rear sight block that you have to give it a little whack with the heel of your hand, or maybe even a rubber hammer to get it to seat, assuming that the locking lever is in the correct location.

    KTF
     
  8. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thanks everyone for responding, I'll tell him. The gun shoots and cycles flawlessly. I'll have him show it to a gunsmith to be sure.