Can I replace the Bolt Head assembly on a SAM7A1?
I have an Arsenal SAM7A1 and the inside of the Bolt Head Assembly (where the Firing Pin is) has started to flake off some of the chrome. I was at the range and experienced several rounds that didn't fire. The primer was dented but evidently not enough. I took the bolt apart and observed several thin slivers of chrome had flaked off the inside of the bolt head assembly. Note: the rifle has about 3-4K rounds through it and this is the 1st problem I've experienced. My question is can I order a Bolt Assembly from KVAR and just replace the old assembly with the new one without any other adjustments?
No. You would have to have the gun headspaced if you change the bolt. Do whatever you can to get this bolt fixed. Maybe you can remove the firing pin & clean out the hole. Then put the pin back. Theoretically, if you were at a shop that had 30 brand new bolts, & installed each one & checked the headspacing, you would find one that would headspace perfectly, & not have to do anything to your gun, but who could be so lucky, except the employees of K-VAR. Good luck. GARY N4KVE
Actually it is probably slivers off the primers. Clean the bolt out like Gary said and run it. If you do swap it out, definitely have the head space checked.
I agree that it's not likely to be flaking. It's most likely primer or slivers of casing. I wouldn't worry about it, it's not worth the hassle of changing it regardless.
I cleaned out the bolt hole and have fired it twice without any issues. Hopefully it was just slivers from the primers and or casings. I wasn't looking forward to swapping out the bolt head assembly.
Sounds like it was time to due a good cleaning job on your bolt. AK's allow lots of crap to build up inside the receivers.
Soon or later it creeps in everywhere. There's a punch in the AK cleaning kit that will allow to remove the firing pin
and clean inside of bolt. Needs to be done every few thousand rounds.
Glad to hear it....your bolt is fine. Enjoy your rifle, you have a good one!