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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 2/25/2006 5:26:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/25/2006 5:38:21 PM EST by fullmedaljacket8]
Well I was bumpfiring my new SAR-1 and the top handguard cracked in half... I guess im gonna have to get one of thoes ventilated handguards.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:18:19 PM EST
I had something similar happen to my WASR10. I was doing my first field strip on the rifle and had to use excessive for to get the gas tube off. In the process I cracked the top of the front hand gaurd. I have since repaired it using wood glue, but it is definitely not made out of quality wood. Almost like a dense balsa wood :-)
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:28:12 PM EST
You may have been squeezing the upper handguard too tight to hang on to it and that caused the crack. Sounds like some Choate synthetic handguards are in order. If you get the ventialted one it is gonna get hot and you will not be able to hold it there anymore for those extended shooting spurts we do!
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:49:00 PM EST
I actually wasn't holding onto the top handguard. I don't know what happen. I still can't decide on which stockset to buy...
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 6:54:53 PM EST
Maybe the heat did it then. I can see where the wood might be stressed shaped like that and the heat may have broke the camels back. So far I have not melted down my Choate set though they say some of the black plastic sets will melt down if they get real hot. Let us know what you end up choosing and how it does.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 7:01:49 PM EST
Yeah I bumped 80rds reaaaaaaaaaal FAST! It was cool until I reloaded then I noticed it was cracked in half. I think im gonna try the ventilated handguard. Thanks for the comments guys.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 7:13:41 PM EST
Wood just was not trimmed properly and was preloaded to much when installed. Had a new preban Polytech do the same on first range trip and after 120 rounds. Wood is cheap, i would just get another wood handguard.

Link Posted: 2/25/2006 8:41:37 PM EST
One of my SARs did, with no provocation................pulled it out of the gunsafe and found that it split longwise......hey, that's why the Commie system crashed......
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 9:06:19 PM EST
aks are still the shit!
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 3:35:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By SLAPhAPPY1:
aks are still the shit!

Don't get me wrong.............That's true. It's just that Commie QC was never the best, oh well. The other 17 Aks didn't....... Hit, or miss....

...including some "capture toys" that I managed to set the front end on fire, in a previous life.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 9:38:44 AM EST
My Romy kit had a tiny split in the center (top) of the upper handgaurd the day I got it. I think that the laminations pretty much gaurantee it will split, given time. The design is such that the maximum stress is at the top, where the wood is bent most. And it gets a nice heat-assisted drying-out every shooting session.
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