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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Range Notes, AK Observations Comment
    Gregory Morris, 2/5/09 7:40:30 pm
    I shot my brand new SAR-1 for the first time this evening. A few observations...

    One, 30 round magazines are gonna get expensive. The largest capacity firearm I've ever owned before now holds 10 rounds. Small magazines slow you down when you are in the mood to do some blasting. 30 round magazines just keep shooting forever.

    Two, AK trigger slap sucks. I gotta look into fixing that. I guess it is common in the CAI imported and retrofitted Romanian rifles. I've read some things people have suggested, from modifying various parts, to installing new parts, to wrapping something squishy around the trigger. Whatever I decide, I gotta do something if I ever want to shoot more than one or two magazines at a sitting. Of course, the discomfort after a few magazines slows you down better than having small magazines.

    Three, after spending 30 minutes carefully cleaning my SAR-1, I feel like I have just wasted 30 minutes. I always clean every gun after a trip to the range. Even if I don't detail them, I always at least run some Hoppes-soaked patches down the bore, and wipe off any gunk. However, it seems that no matter what I do to this rifle, it won't ever be clean. More importantly, it doesn't seem like it would even matter. The rifle seems like it really would function packed with dirt and rocks.

    Four, the Kalashnikov-ish action is one of the most amazingly ingenious mechanical designs I've ever seen. Until I bought this one, I'd never even picked one up. It is so ridiculously simple, foolproof, and intuitive, I now understand what the big deal is about this peasant's rifle. When I brought it home, I field stripped it, cleaned it, and re-assembled it without even thinking about it. As soon as I got it back together, I realized, "Wait a minute, I didn't know how to field strip an AK."

    I also shot my new-to-me M91/30. That steel-cased Somewhere-istan surplus 7.62x54R that Robb gave me sucks. Last time I shot it in my M44, I had split cases. I assumed it was a problem with my rifle, since it didn't split in Robb's. Well, my new M91/30, which I shot for the first time this evening, also split the cases. I guess I can't complain about ammo I didn't pay for...
    Anyway, I tried another kind of newer steel-cased surplus ammo after I noticed the cases were splitting, and they worked flawlessly. Next gun show I'm gonna find me some honest brass-cased rounds. I'm also un-retiring my M44.

    [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: Range Notes, AK Observations
    ZerCool, 2/5/09 8:05:54 pm
    Once you've got most of the cosmo out of the action, an AK is as clean as it needs to be. Run a wet patch down the bore once in a while and call it good. :)
    Re: Range Notes, AK Observations
    SayUncle, 2/5/09 8:32:48 pm
    Trigger slap fix:

    http://www.gunsnet.net/Linx310/slapfix.htm
    Re: Range Notes, AK Observations
    Gregory Morris, 2/5/09 9:06:10 pm
    Ahhh, dremel gunsmithing.

    I think i'd rather find somewhere to buy replacement fire control parts.
    Re: Range Notes, AK Observations
    Duane, 2/6/09 1:17:48 pm
    I have had good luck with these http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=19
    5727

    No stuck cases, appears accurate and I have not notices any corrosion problems.
    My 91/30 is a '43 ex Tula Sniper and appears to like these a lot.
    Re: Range Notes, AK Observations
    Gun Blobber, 2/6/09 4:05:40 pm
    "As soon as I got it back together, I realized, "Wait a minute, I didn't know how to field strip an AK.""

    Well, you had some experience with your SKS, which on the whole is pretty similar (remove cover, remove spring, remove bolt carrier, done).... The SKS seems dumb-simple, but the AK takes it to a whole new level.
    Re: Range Notes, AK Observations
    Firehand, 2/6/09 9:19:24 pm
    I described the AK to my son as 'designed for an army of peasant conscripts who really didn't want to be there, and whose idea of a better tool was a bigger rock'. A little overdone, but not by much it would seem.

    And yeah, the design of the thing is a marvel. If they'd just put a bit more thought into good barrels and better sights...
    Re: Range Notes, AK Observations
    Xavier, 2/15/09 5:45:59 am
    If you haven't found it yet, try this trigger slap fix. It works.
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