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Posted: 12/7/2003 7:06:44 PM EDT
I have a saiga 762x39 that I am converting (legally)and I want the traditional ak look so how difficult is it to press off the front site and gas block assemblies. Are they just pinned or are they soldered on.

Also, once they are off and then putting them back on how difficult is that and will it require resighting in the weapon.

All help is appreciated.

Link Posted: 12/8/2003 3:39:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/12/2003 7:38:31 PM EDT
CAMPYBOB,

Thanks for the tips, however, I have several other questions. First, the barrel is installed into the receiver (since this rifle is new)so how do I go about using a hydraulic press or arbor press to remove the front sight assembly and gas block. Could a person use something like bearing puller? Also, just how tight are these put on. You obviously have done several before so have you taken pictures of the process or do you know anyone who has?

thanks for your help

Juliet25

Link Posted: 12/12/2003 11:21:21 PM EDT
Every one I ever pressed off required more pressure than removing a barrel from the trunion. They were not Saigas, though. You may need a heavy support block or plate with a slot milled in it to support the sight/gasblock, and a way to protect the end of the barrel while pressing. Half assed methods will likely lead to screwed up parts. The last one I did was a Bulgy 74, and the block and sight did not start moving till I got to about 2 1/2 tons. Good luck.
Pete
Link Posted: 12/13/2003 6:55:17 AM EDT
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