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Posted: 9/11/2004 8:14:25 PM EDT
I am new to FALs and I'm tearing mine down for cleaning and inspection. I pulled apart the bolt assembly and noticed a black plug in the middle of the extractor spring. I thought it was dirt so I sprayed it with cleaner but noticed it was rubber-like and wasn't going to come out unless I picked it out.

Is this normal for an extractor spring? If so, what is the function of the plug? If not, why is mine this way?


Link Posted: 9/11/2004 8:15:53 PM EDT
there was one in mine (Imbel)
Link Posted: 9/11/2004 8:16:04 PM EDT
Mine has it.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 4:35:39 AM EDT
Its normal. As your mother told you... "stop picking at it."
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 4:36:30 PM EDT
Actually, my mama said if I didn't stop it I'd go blind.

What is the function of the plug? This is the first spring I've ever seen built this way.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 10:30:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Lexington:
Actually, my mama said if I didn't stop it I'd go blind.

What is the function of the plug? This is the first spring I've ever seen built this way.



It's to give a little more rigidity and strength to the spring so it will bounce off of 3 walls instead of two.
Link Posted: 9/19/2004 5:11:02 PM EDT
The plug aids in keeping the spring straight until the plunger is insert far enough into the hole.
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