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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:45 pm 
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I did some searches and came up with no luck, I'm sure many, many others had this problem.

The bolt is two pieces that twist, does anyone have a clear picture of how it should align before going back into the receiver and tube correctly?

I found a saiga video and I kind of replicated what the guy did by aligning the two slots and making it face left(if you are holding it from a top view with the piston forward). I got it on the rails, but it looks like the bolt isn't seated how it should be, ramming into stuff on the receiver and I don't want to force it in.

The setup caught me off guard.

Yes, I know.. noob problems, but hey, we all gotta start somewhere right? I took it apart because I was trying to file down my csspecs metal mags that I got, the instructions suggested taking out the bolt carrier and spring to look at how it seats.

Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:34 am 
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Just have to fiddle with it. Rotate both till it lines up with receiver. No significant force needed. Play with it. Watch the videos. YOu wont damage anything if you don't force it. You'll learn to do it blind folded with practice. /sct


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:18 pm 
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You will find out soon that the AK platform screams simplicity!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:32 pm 
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First take just the bolt and lay it in the receiver. Spin it until it lays properly and engages the chamber. It will only fit one way. There are lugs on the bolt that slide along the rails inside the receiver body.

Now that you know which way the bolt sits, fit it into that carrier in the proper orientation. Slide it in and you will find that a lug on the bolt slides in a channel in the carrier. Play around with it a bit and it will be clear.

Next the carrier/bolt assy should lay down toward the rear of receiver, it will lay flat if in correctly. It must be toward the rear of the receiver. Push down and slide it forward, should go relatively smooth.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:21 pm 
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when i was new the the AK platform i found the easiest way to reassemble the carrier and bolt was to position it barrel faced to the ground.

hold the carrier pointing to the floor as well and the bolt should spin to the "extended position"
- this should be the orientation of the carrier/bolt as it drops into the receiver.

hope that helps.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:41 am 
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Sorry I took so long to respond. Didn't want to tell you the wrong thing from memory.

With disassembled bolt carrier group, make sure safety is off. Cock hammer to make room.

Hold bolt by stem as if it were a rose. Turn the rotating head ccounterclockwise until it stops. You will see that many of the flat surfaces between the two pieces are now aligned. The bolt must be kept at this relative position between the two parts for the reminder of reassembly.

Hold the carrier in the palm of your hand with index finger along the piston pointed upward. It helps to have last few fingers on either side of the charging handle - it should happen almost naturally. Insert the bolt stem-first into the hole in the carrier. I'm obviously describing to insert so the bolt face will be under the piston part of the carrier if the group were to be turned level.

While bolt is in place, with carrier piston pointed skyward, rotate the entire bolt (leave the bolt pieces aligned) clockwise until the timing lug of the bolt stops in the timing channel of the carrier.

With these in place, hold the group level with the ground with piston at 12 o'clock. Help the bolt to slide forward in the timing channel while rotating the two pieces together. The bolt will rotate as it cams forward and comes to rest in its forward position. The extractor will be near the 1 o'clock position with the piston facing away from you.

This is the orientation required for insertion of the BCG into the receiver. The rest from here is for right handed people. If you are a lefty, adapt to find your own way.

Place middle finger behind charging handle and index finger in front. Press forward on the left side of the bolt head with the thumb. Now the assembly is ready for insertion.

Start the piston into the gas tune. Then, slide the assembly forward to stop the rear just in front of the rear trunnion (part at the back of the receiver that gets smacked by the carrier during fire) . The locking lugs of the bolt (your thumb is pressing against the back of one) will be just above the receiver rails.

Press down firmly (you are depressing the already cooked hammer as well. Make the lugs ride the rails as you slide the BCG into the forward position until locked and fully forward. The bolt tail should be the most rearward part of the entire BCG at this point.

It is best to let the hammer down with your left thumb pressing from the front and right hand pulling the trigger. The hammer will rest against the bolt tail and hold the assembly securely in place. Otherwise, the assembly is prone to falling out when the barrel is pointed up. Not what you want.

Then, insert the recoil assembly into the top rear of the carrier and press it forward, loading the spring, to allow the recoil "keeper" to rest in its channel above the rear trunnion.

Close the dust cover and do a function check or two. Done.

That was really hard to type on my itty bitty phone! Hope it helps. Let me know if you need elaboration or more specifics.

Let us know how it goes, OP! :D

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:26 am 
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Yikes, that was on a phone?! Good on ya. Minimal typos to boot!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:02 pm 
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Fire_Moose wrote:
Yikes, that was on a phone?! Good on ya. Minimal typos to boot!


Thanks! I think my thumbs ran away in the night. Oh! I found them. I thought I was holding a plum in each hand, but it turned out to be my thumbs...

Kidding aside, everyone feel free to suggest corrections to what I wrote above if needed.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:11 pm 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxTTRRd81YQ

This video shows a bit of what I desribed. I didn't watch most or have the sound turned on, but right at 3 minutes, the guy starts inserting the bolt into the carrier. Maybe it helps. Again, I don't have a clue what this guy says, but the video shows pretty much what I described at that point.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:33 am 
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Thanks to all who replied! This is still on the back of my mind, I wasn't able to respond because I've been away for work and I've been away from the gun and the computer, but hopefully this weekend I'll be able to fiddle with it again! So I haven't been able to try any solutions yet.

Slightly off topic, but thought I'd chime in on the CSSPECS Mags that I got... I got 3 of 'em.. none of them fit out of the box...at all. I compared the latch on the CSSPECS to the Factory mags and they were quite a bit off... don't get me wrong the mags are well built.. but generically cut latches, needs quite a bit of fine honing to get them to fit right... at least that was the experience for me.

I did one of them, but gotta do it again for the other two. Even then, the first one that I got filed down... it fits, but kind of tight, the release latch doesn't "pop" all the way out like it does with the factory mags when it's inserted.. I don't know why.... but all that really matters to me is that it cycles reliably(which I don't know yet either, haha, since I haven't fired it yet.. not to mention I may not be able to for a while since there are only indoor ranges around me).


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