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Old 12-08-2012, 9:00 PM
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Default SKS Broken magazine!

I received another SKS from Classic and overall it is in great shape with deep bluing and no rust or issues with the stock..

But when I took it apart I noticed that the magazine assembly did not look right. The magazine floor plate pin appears to have sheared off on one side. This pin is so small I have never even noticed it before. Ironically, the SKS looks like it would still work fine because it is only evident when the magazine is opened from the bottom and extended. The magazine body puts it back straight when you close it but there is obviously an issue when you pop it open.

Anyone else ever had this break on them? It is easy enough to buy a whole magazine replacement, but this rifle is all matching and I want to keep that intact.

I will post pictures in a little while..
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Find a appropriate sized finishing nail to replace the pin.
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If you can get the nail to work that would be ideal; if not, you can always buy a mag assembly from Sarco and cannibalize it for the pin, rather than use it as a replacement.
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I don't believe I've ever heard of this happening before, but since rifles come with non matching numbered mags it is a reality. I'd go with BG's suggestion.
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For a replacement pin, I would use the appropriate sized twist drill shaft from my cheap wire size, letter and fractional index.
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Old 12-09-2012, 6:16 PM
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I ordered a spare unnumbered magazine assembly as a backup, but I am going to try to fix the original to keep the numbers all intact.

Ironically, of the 8 or so Chicom C&R SKS's I ordered, this one has some of the best finish and bluing. Go figure.

Thanks to all who replied!
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drill rod is your friend. using a finishing nail is ghetto.
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drill rod is your friend. using a finishing nail is ghetto.
It's an original replacement part, drill rod is like putting 24's on a Geo Metro.
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