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Old 02-27-2013, 5:43 PM
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Default Yugo SKS reassembly is driving me crazy

so Im trying to put the trigger assembly back in the stock and that stupid little tab at the back of the trigger guard will not hook back up.... I have the rifle upside down on the floor and im putting as much weight as possible on the trigger guard and it just feels like its completely bottomed out on the stock and wont give any more.


BTW the button was a PITA to push for disassembly as well but I just figured it was probably due to the cosmoline
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Old 02-27-2013, 5:45 PM
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Put the safety on it makes it much easier to reassemble
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Old 02-27-2013, 5:46 PM
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Ive tried it with the safety on and off, it doesnt seem to make a difference.
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Old 02-27-2013, 5:47 PM
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Put the safety on, use a plastic punch of some kind, and hit it with a hammer about twice as hard as you would ever want to hit your thumb.

A little lube helps too.
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Might sound crazy, but tap it in with a rubber mallet, or a heavy shoe.
(Yeah, thats right, I said a heavy shoe)
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Old 02-27-2013, 6:17 PM
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I have one SKS tg that is impossible to bang, hammer, beat, slap or curse back in.

I have to use a C clamp. Receiver cover off with a small square of wood under the fixed jaw. The tang of the trigger group i fit 2 pieces of popsicle sticks to level it. Use a 1/2" piece of 1/2" dowel under the movable jaw. A few twists of the clamp and it clicks in
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Old 02-27-2013, 6:17 PM
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something is not right...I am standing on the trigger guard and it will not reconnect....something is just not lining up or something. Heres a few pictures....hopefully someone can help me before I chuck this effin thing.



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Old 02-27-2013, 6:19 PM
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The spring looks like its too far out, but see my above post too
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Old 02-27-2013, 6:20 PM
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I have one SKS tg that is impossible to bang, hammer, beat, slap or curse back in.

I have to use a C clamp. Receiver cover off with a small square of wood under the fixed jaw. The tang of the trigger group i fit 2 pieces of popsicle sticks to level it. Use a 1/2" piece of 1/2" dowel under the movable jaw. A few twists of the clamp and it clicks in
definitely not what I wanted to hear....I can totally confirm that hammering, beating and cursing at it does not work.
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Old 02-27-2013, 6:26 PM
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where are you i'm betting there is a calgunner with an sks within 10 miles
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definitely not what I wanted to hear....I can totally confirm that hammering, beating and cursing at it does not work.
Or, you aren't handy.

I have to admit there was one older yugo I c clamped before plastic punching.

Good luck.
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Old 02-27-2013, 6:55 PM
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Im gonna dig out a C-clamp tomorrow and try that....right now its dark and Im frustrated with this damn thing.

Ive completely stripped 3 different Mosins, CZ-82, and an M1 Garand and none of those guns have given me nearly as much grief as this damn SKS.


BTW Im located in Corona.
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I am about 10 miles away. let me know if you need help.

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I am about 10 miles away. let me know if you need help.
Thanks for the offer, Ill definitely take you up on it if the clamp doesnt work...Im kinda thinking that there might be something hanging up in the stock since it does look a little chewed up on the inside but we'll see
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Old 02-27-2013, 8:39 PM
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If all else fails, get a bigger Hammer!
Sorry for your pain man.
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Old 02-27-2013, 8:53 PM
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With mine I squeeze the trigger group into the receiver while at the same time pushing it towards the front of the rifle to "load" it into the spring latch. I used to use a C clamp till I was shown this way.
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If you got one of those recent Turner's yugo SKS, I can confirm it is a royal pain in the *** to put together. I put the receiver on a table top (corner of the table) which applying lots of force down on the trigger guard. I also had a screw driver pushing in on the little tab thing.

The C clamp idea prob sounds more safe and stress free lol.
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Old 02-27-2013, 9:30 PM
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Safety on and find a c clamp...
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Old 02-27-2013, 9:43 PM
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mine is the same way...use the force. lots of it. Its gotten better with age, as things do. safety up, gun on the floor, press it back and snap it in place. boom.
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make sure the trigger group is seated as far forward as possible and push the trigger group at a forward angle as you press down.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:15 PM
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Safety on and find a c clamp...
Yup use a c clamp, go buy one this is a sks owners best friend it will make your life much easier. It avoids having to hit/strike it with any hard object so go get a c clamp
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Old 02-28-2013, 5:11 AM
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Make sure the reciever is seated fully in the stock. make sure your mag is fully seated open the bolt carrier and push down on the mag. good luck Keep us updated.
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Old 02-28-2013, 5:12 AM
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Thanks for all the help guys. This Yugo is actually one of those unissued Wideners ones.

Its good to hear that Im not the only person who has gotten an SKS that prefers to stay disassembled!
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Old 02-28-2013, 5:48 AM
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I have some Yugo SKS rifles and I am familiar with this issue. If the trigger assembly fit in there before you disassembled it, it should logically go back in. Like the previous poster said, invest 5$ in a rubber mallet and you should be able to knock it back in. Otherwise turn it upside down and find a fat person to stand on it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 6:16 AM
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I have had one that wouldnt go back together until I put the components into a vice with wood blocks and slowly turned it until I heard the click. Its easier to do now I can do it by hand, but wow.
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seems to be a YUGO problem, i am not looking forward the next time i do a complete take down on my 59/66. it was a ***** to lock that trigger housing..
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Yeah my M59 requires some brute force (after of course the safety is set). I take something flat like a hardcover book or piece of wood and place it on top of the trigger guard (rifle upside down sitting on my thighs). Then I just give it nice palm strike and click it goes in. Sometimes it takes a few.

Good luck man, we Yugo fans feel for you.
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Had the same problem with my m59, if you want to get the trigger group back in with out a hammer and just your hands... as stated upside down safety on and then LOCK THE BOLT OPEN the trigger group will then lock back in with out beating on it with a hammer
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alright....Im convinced now that something is just wrong here. I threw a clamp on it and crimped the **** out of it but it still doesnt look like the pin is getting any closer to hooking up and Im to the point where Im afraid Im going to break something. I also tried pushing it forward (towards the muzzle) and down at the same time with no improvement. Im just going to have a gunsmith look at it.

I dunno if its the stock or what but something isnt right here, its like the spring is too long and is completely bottoming out.
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Old 02-28-2013, 8:50 PM
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Had the same problem with my m59, if you want to get the trigger group back in with out a hammer and just your hands... as stated upside down safety on and then LOCK THE BOLT OPEN the trigger group will then lock back in with out beating on it with a hammer

The bolt isnt in the gun at all, its basically the barrel/receiver and the magazine. Im completely new to SKSs does having the bolt in make any difference?
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No it's easier to get the magazine and triggerguatd back in with the bolt out, with the bolt in you normally have to cycle the bolt to get the magazine to fully seat
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I would suggest the rubber mallet technique, as has been mentioned many times in this thread. There is an advantage to smacking it with the mallet, it causes the parts to move easier than just applying steady pressure with a clamp.

PS- If you think you are having trouble with an SKS, don't ever take an SVT 40 out of the stock!! LOL
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Let me know if you wanna sell it...
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Old 03-01-2013, 9:22 AM
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alright....Im convinced now that something is just wrong here. I threw a clamp on it and crimped the **** out of it but it still doesnt look like the pin is getting any closer to hooking up and Im to the point where Im afraid Im going to break something. I also tried pushing it forward (towards the muzzle) and down at the same time with no improvement. Im just going to have a gunsmith look at it.

I dunno if its the stock or what but something isnt right here, its like the spring is too long and is completely bottoming out.
I think you have the thing figured out, let us know how it goes. Good idea to back off before something was broken.

I have had a few sks's, some were put together with finger pressure, some with a LOT of pressure.

edit, last thought, pull the spring if possible and make sure that hole hasn't filled with cosmo or a wood chip, etc.
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Mine was very tough back in the day, so I just put it upside down on the carpet, knelt on the trigger guard, and used an aluminum Uzi tactical pen to hammer the little thingy in. It worked hehe
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Old 03-01-2013, 9:43 AM
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i am in the la serria area near arlingtion/la serria ave.
you could bring it by and i could show you the fix and help. i am avaiable this morning.


i am not a gunsmith....yet.

just pm me if you want help
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Yeah the spring still looked like it was pretty dirty with cosmoline in that first picture. It looks like you might have some cleaning to do. Good luck!
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Yup big pain. I remember, it frustrated me so much I think I was up till like 2 or 3 in the morning beating it in. Even then, I think I may have slept on it and tackled in the the next day. Good luck, and try all the recommendations in this thread.
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Hmm, i looked at a bunch today and typically the spring protrudes 3-5 coils and is usually even or barely above/below the woodline. So maybe too much spring. If so last resort of dremeling off a couple coils of spring

Another idea is of you were trying to slam it in with the safety off, may have bent something in the Trigger Group. Safety needs to be on/up

on the one i have that is tough, the tang of the trigger group is bent a little so it presses into the wood before the release can engage.

Hard to imagine a C Clamp will not squeeze it in. Did you use a piece of dowel to push the tang into the recess past the wood line?
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Hmm, i looked at a bunch today and typically the spring protrudes 3-5 coils and is usually even or barely above/below the woodline. So maybe too much spring. If so last resort of dremeling off a couple coils of spring

Another idea is of you were trying to slam it in with the safety off, may have bent something in the Trigger Group. Safety needs to be on/up

on the one i have that is tough, the tang of the trigger group is bent a little so it presses into the wood before the release can engage.

Hard to imagine a C Clamp will not squeeze it in. Did you use a piece of dowel to push the tang into the recess past the wood line?
yep it wasnt far past the wood line when it completely stopped moving at all though, even after tightening the clamp more...unfortunately Im not gonna be able to screw with the sks for a little while since Im out of town for work for the next week.

How can I tell if I bent something in the trigger group? what should i be looking for?
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