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Posted: 11/28/2003 2:54:31 PM EDT
Been awhile back that I got back my SAR3 carcus from the KAG seizure of SAI. Just kind of hung it on a hook in the basement. Looking at this forum and some of the recent pics has got me wanting it running again.
I am missing the Bolt carrier, Recoil spring guide, Gas tube, cleaning rod and never had the brake.

AFAIK the SAR3 needs a specific carrier, unsure though and the gas tube is shorter than the one on my SAR1. Don't know if spring guide is special either.

I took this pic to try to identify the brake threads that I have. The OD of the threads is 0.854", close to 22mm but I am uncertain which to get. It is whatever Gucciano used to sell/install. Just want to get it to look like an AK74.

I wonder if I should just have the adapter taken off for safety and properly reinstalled.

Also any leads on anyone with the above parts in surplus would be greatly appreciated. Prefer to trade for the stuff I need.

After I get the parts together it is going to inrange for a refinish. Impressed with them.

I have some good stuff to trade.

Link Posted: 11/28/2003 3:07:27 PM EDT
Check with Mike at Rapid Fire. He always has spare parts laying around.....


Link Posted: 11/28/2003 3:16:10 PM EDT
K-Var has Blugarian AK-74 carriers cheap. I think minimal machine work could get one to work fine in an SAR-3.
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 3:33:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/28/2003 5:09:06 PM EDT by CAMPYBOB]
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 4:31:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/28/2003 4:32:47 PM EDT by HeavyMetal]
Just checked, the Bulgarian AK-74 gas tube is indeed about 3mm longer.

I think a reputable gunsmith could easily trim a AK-74 gas tube to fit.

Get the parts together and send them to Troy or ORF and they will fix you up.
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 6:41:20 PM EDT
I think pretty much anybody could trim a gas tube to fit in this case.

Would this bolt carrier work?


Link Posted: 11/28/2003 7:51:29 PM EDT
My understanding is the Bulgarian carrier will work, BUT will require machining/fitting.

KVAR still lists the Romanian brake in stock, but don't wait too long.
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 8:23:12 AM EDT
Good News!

I was cleaning a SAR-3 and took a 74 bolt carrier out of a kit.

Guess what?!? It is an almost perfect replacement!

Just needs a couple or three milimeters removed from the camming 'tail' at the end of the Bolt Carrier to accomidate the diffrent hammer geometry.

You will need to replace a part with a us made part to keep the original gas piston on the blugy carrier which I highly recommend.
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 8:27:02 AM EDT
To add: The bolt rides and cams fine in the Bulgy carrier!

The overall length is the same sans the tail issue if you leave the original piston on the carrier. I.E. The Romianian carrier+century piston and the Bulguy carrier and pistion are thje same overall length but the piston is longer and the carrier is slightly shorter on the Bulgy assembly.
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 10:33:00 AM EDT
Thanks everyone for the helpful information. I have receieved a few offers of trades for my stuff. Everything is progressing nicely.
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