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glock1973
09-13-2012, 1:27 PM
Has anyone had this issue. I have approximately 450 rounds through my Saiga AK47 7.62x39. For the first time I decided to field strip the bolt - Did it no problem. Problem is I can't put it back together. Checked out YouTube videos nothing helped. The 2 pins in there (1 which holds the extractor and the other which holds the firing pin) keeps crossing each other. I double checked to see if I was putting it the right way...still nothing!!. Are these suppose to be this difficult to put it back together. I'm at a point where I might consider taking it to a local gun smith. One thing I also thought was; what if I damaged it during take down, though hard to imagine that I bent steel with my fingers. Any suggestions would help.

69Mach1
09-13-2012, 1:33 PM
The extractor pin must go in one way only, and at an exact position to not bind with the firing pin retention pin.

glock1973
09-13-2012, 1:39 PM
The extractor pin must go in one way only, and at an exact position to not bind with the firing pin retention pin.

I put the extractor pin the only way it can go in. It's flushed on the end I push it through. After that I put the firing pin in and turn it so I can push in the firing pin retention pin; but that firing pin retention pin keeps hitting the extrator pin.:43: Driving me nuts.

69Mach1
09-13-2012, 1:41 PM
You're pushing the pin in, flush side first? That would be the wrong side.

glock1973
09-13-2012, 1:42 PM
No the other side...looks like the side that's cut...

glock1973
09-13-2012, 1:43 PM
No the other side...looks like the side that's cut...

The sharper edge side.

chead
09-13-2012, 1:47 PM
Don't force it, they should go together with very little effort if it wasn't hard to strip it to begin with.

glock1973
09-13-2012, 1:49 PM
Once the the extractor pin is in..I can see through the other firing pin retention pin hole that the extractor pin is visible..not sure how that happens especially when it's sitted right.

chead
09-13-2012, 1:55 PM
The extractor pin should capture the firing pin retention pin. You need to have the cut oriented so that the firing pin retention pin can snug up against the side of the extractor pin. Unless I'm visualizing this wrong. I'm sitting in a cubicle ;)

glock1973
09-13-2012, 8:35 PM
Thank you all. I was putting the extractor pin backwards. What a dummy.

CK_32
09-13-2012, 8:57 PM
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Watch how he puts the bolt back in. It only goes in one way.

gotshotgun?
09-14-2012, 6:48 AM
That vid doesn't help show how to reassemble the bolt.