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It may seem irrelevant or glaringly obvious, but always unload the gun before you begin cleaning it. Obey the 10 Commandments of Firearm Safety at all times and treat all firearms as if loaded. Never point your rifle at another human being, including yourself and keep the gun under lock and key when not in use to prevent children from coming in contact with it.
Warnings and Disclaimers. Careless use of any firearm can be dangerous.
The warnings and instructions in this manual should be read thoroughly so that you fully understand how to properly disassemble your SKS rifle. Accidental discharge can occur from careless handling and could cause serious injury, death, and damage to property.
Ken Kraushaar Firearms assumes no liability in the dissemination of this information. It is vital that you check and clear your rifle to make sure the magazine and the chamber are empty before attempting to clean or disassemble your rifle. SKS rifles should be cleaned prior to use. Danger: Ammunition Warning:. Use only 7.
Never attempt to use ammunition of any other caliber in your gun. Use only newly manufactured ammunition that is of high quality and in good condition.
Never use re-manufactured ammunition or ammunition that is faulty. Though there is an abundance of Russian ammunition on the market, the mass produced cheap ammo can sometimes be either under or over charged. It is generally a good idea to research the best quality ammunition for your firearm that you can safely fire.
A readily available model is TulAmmo:. Caliber: 7. Weight: approx. Length: approximately Barrel: approximately Muzzle Velocity: approximately 2,FPS. Magazine: rnd fixed box. Aiming Range:. The basic SKS accessories:. Make a safe examination of the rifle to be certain it is NOT loaded before stripping. Open the magazine cover, draw back the bolt and look into the magazine and chamber to be certain they are empty.
Take out all accessories: with a finger, press in the cover of the accessory chamber on the butt plate and take the case for the accessories out of the stock. Remove the receiver cover and recoil spring assembly with the bolt in the forward position. This will expose the recoil spring. Remove the recoil spring from the back of the bolt. Remember during reassembly to reinstall the recoil spring with the end with the C clip going inside the bolt cavity.
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Gently slide the bolt assembly rearward along the rails until the whole assembly comes out. The bolt will be in two haves, the upper portion which reacts to the blowback piston, and the lower half, which contains the firing pin.
At this point you will have removed the receiver cover, the recoil spring assembly, and the two halves of the bolt as shown. Use a pin punch or the nose of a bullet to pry the lever located on the right of the rear sight base into a degree angle where the camming surface of the lever is completely vertical.
Note: further movement will allow the operating rod and spring to escape. These steps are sufficient to fieldstrip and clean the rifle and perform regular maintenance.
Note: reassembly requires you perform the above steps in reverse order. Remove the operating rod and spring from its housing:. This allows the camming surface of the lever to rotate further and allow the rod and spring to escape. Removing the Stock from the Receiver:. Then using the nose of a bullet or a domed pin punch, press in hard until the tab clears the edge of the trigger guard assembly, thus releasing the assembly from the stock.
Pull up and out to remove the trigger group assembly from the stock. You are now also able to remove the magazine by pulling up and outward. You should now be able to remove the stock from the action by pulling up on the rear of the receiver, and slightly pushing forward to clear the retaining surface at the end of the stock. At this point, you should now have the following removed from the action:. Reassembly notes:.
Reassembly is performed in the reverse order that you removed the preceding items from the rifle stock:. Reassembly is pretty straight forward beginning with reinstalling the barreled action into the rifle, making sure that the barreled action marries up with the retaining surface at the fore end of the stock. A special note about the trigger group: the trigger group is extremely hard to relocate as the tab which you pressed in to release the trigger group from the action must now clear the rear of the trigger group once more; it is a very tough spring and requires a lot of pressure to clear as it is responsible for holding everything together.
It is recommended that you use a gun vice to perform this operation, though it can be accomplished with an extra set of hands, it is much easier if you use a gun vice to accomplish the task.
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Once the action is affixed to the stock, turn the firearm right side up, and reverse the order you removed the gas piston blowback parts, first installing the helical spring and the operating rod, applying pressure so that you may trap it once more behind the camming surface of the lever located to the right of the rear sight.
Then relocate the gas tube and gas piston into position. Next, slide the bolt carrier and bolt into place, and guide them into their forward most position along the rails. Next, reinsert the recoil spring into the rear of the bolt group, making sure the end with the C clip is located inside of the bolt.
Press forward so the recoil spring assembly is trapped on the tab in front of the disassembly pin lever. Next, relocate the receiver cover, pushing forward and down until it is located in place.
You may now pull back on the bolt knob, which will relocate the recoil spring. You can now reinsert the cleaning kit into the trap door located in the butt plate.
Failure for the gas system to blow back and spent case to eject on rifles with the "grenade launcher" notes:. If you should encounter whilst firing, that the bolt does not blow back and eject the spent casing, make sure gas cut off knob for the grenade launcher system is rotated to the 45 degree position. In the 90 degree position, the gas port is blocked, thus preventing the gas piston system from functioning properly.
Gas system enabled. And there you have it.
Hopefully this information will be helpful for shooters who have picked up one of these rifles. They truly are a joy to shoot, and if they're well maintained, will keep being useful for years to come, despite the de being 72 years old! The preceding document is for informational purposes; reproduction of the information or pictures herein is expressly forbidden without the express consent of Kenneth Kraushaar.