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Fedor
03-05-2010, 3:22 PM
Hey guys just got my rifle! So i took it apart at looked at the gas piston, and this is how it looks:

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Those are little chunks of metal missing.

Is that a problem? Will it effect the guns performance? How did this happen?

If so ill need to contact Atlantic and hopefully they will send me a new one. This is Lancaster 3060 btw.

Thanks for all the help!

AlliedArmory
03-05-2010, 3:24 PM
Wow, never seen that before. They are like little holes? Looks like something was eating away at it.

I'm sure Atlantic will take care of you. their CS is grade A

Noobert
03-05-2010, 3:24 PM
It most likely will not affect performance, but you can replace the gas piston if there is no other places of pitting on the AK

hoozaru
03-05-2010, 3:25 PM
that is not a problem
I have seen similar decay/pitting/corrosion on a Yugo parts kit.
however for a parts kit build, shouldn't Lancaster replace the gas piston with a US made one already for the sake of 922R compliance?
my Lancaster 74 has a new US made gas piston

killshot44
03-05-2010, 3:27 PM
Rust never sleeps... Looks like rust/corrosion, someone must have polished the surface. Ask for a new one.

Fedor
03-05-2010, 3:32 PM
They are really small rust craters, don't know how to describe it better.
As long as it wont effect the performance its ok with me. Just got off the phone with Atlantic they said they will contact Lancaster. Great CS!!

Lateralus
03-05-2010, 4:36 PM
It won't affect performance at all. If it still bugs you, buy a new US made piston and replace it. You just need to drill/knock out a pin.

AK4me
03-05-2010, 4:45 PM
Performance wont be affected, its easy to replace, but they will/should do it for you

novabrian
03-05-2010, 5:38 PM
Throw it on a lathe and sand it out.

Wing Nut
03-05-2010, 5:45 PM
Throw it on a lathe and sand it out.

That would work, or since it is a new gun, make them replace it. I would.

Atlantic Firearms
03-05-2010, 5:56 PM
The pitting will not bother the preformance of the rifle but it is supposed to be new so it should have been spotted & replacced at the factory.

Dirtbiker
03-05-2010, 6:02 PM
Lancaster has not been impressing me as of late. This isn't the first issue I've seen with them. Good to hear Atlantic is taking care of it.

aplinker
03-05-2010, 6:39 PM
The pitting will not bother the preformance of the rifle but it is supposed to be new so it should have been spotted & replacced at the factory.

It's just good old Lancaster QC.

Fedor
03-05-2010, 6:45 PM
The pitting will not bother the preformance of the rifle but it is supposed to be new so it should have been spotted & replacced at the factory.

I sent Blaine an e-mail with pictures.

Have you guys ever dealt with Lancaster before regarding a similar problem?
How are they on replacing bad parts?

I hope I can get a brand new bolt carrier w/ piston, because I have no tools to replace the piston.

Atlantic Firearms
03-06-2010, 7:06 PM
Fedor, do not worry about the issue you are our customer and we will make sure it is taken care of for you.

Fedor
03-15-2010, 2:41 PM
Hey,

Just a quick update on the situation. I contacted Atlantic and they contacted Lancaster for me. Next day got a call from Lancaster and was told to send in the carrier. Lancaster received the carrier today and replaced the piston with in an hour and mailed it back to me, I should have it back in a few days.

Just wanted to say that the customer service from both companies was outstanding! I read lots of bad things about Lancaster, but I would with out hesitation buy directly from them now. Hope you guys give them a second chance. Thank you all for the help.