View Full Version : Getting my AK upper handguard to stay in place

01-28-2009, 2:13 PM
I got a new Century AK and I'm trying to get it all worked out right now...

The wood on the upper handguard has a ton of free rotational movement. It still does its job but it's bugging me. How is the wood on the upper handguard normally affixed to the metal?

01-28-2009, 5:17 PM
no one? pplleeassee someone go field strip your AK and take a look at it.

01-28-2009, 5:17 PM
The upper handguard is usually just twisted or rotated in. It's normally a pretty tight fit.
Here's a site that gives picture instructions of removing it:

01-28-2009, 5:27 PM
Is it the wood that is having movement issues, or is it the tube?

Like the post above says, it's retained by the sheet metal pieces on the tube and rotated 180 degrees to put on or take off.

You could hammer the metal retainers down and in to grip the wood, or you can build up the front and back edges of the hand guard with wood epoxy and then file to fit.

I've never had to do either, but I would try the epoxy first, but be careful. If the wood is too tight and you force it, the pressure could crack the hand guard.

01-28-2009, 6:56 PM
There are also spring clips under the gas tube handguard. Those might be missing.

01-28-2009, 6:58 PM
I ended up bending in the metal retainers just a bit and it took up most of the slack. It'll be good to go for now. Thanks for the tips guys.