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    how tight should the gas tube be?

    the gas tube seems to be overly tight between the gas block and sight block, it is
    to the point that I feel I am going to break the tab that locks the tube in place.
    how should this be approached? it is a m-70 ab2. your thoughts appreciated.
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    if it's in fairly good shape it should take some force to close it.



    you wont break that tab, i've had ak's where it took a 3lb hammer and punch to move it.
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    ok good. I didn't need a hammer but it took a good deal of thumb pressure.
    thanx HK.
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    On the side of your surplus cleaning kit capsule that goes into the buttstock of most (non-Yugo) AK rifles is a small slot meant to fit the little tab on the gas tube lever. This is so that you can use the capsule as a cheater bar to open and close the clever. The capsule is a lot stronger than it looks, and shouldn't bend even you have a tight gas tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyPertwee View Post
    On the side of your surplus cleaning kit capsule that goes into the buttstock of most (non-Yugo) AK rifles is a small slot meant to fit the little tab on the gas tube lever. This is so that you can use the capsule as a cheater bar to open and close the clever. The capsule is a lot stronger than it looks, and shouldn't bend even you have a tight gas tube.
    very good to know My 74 is easy enough to get apart but, my Maadi was a pain. that probably would have made it easier and my thumb much happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyPertwee View Post
    On the side of your surplus cleaning kit capsule that goes into the buttstock of most (non-Yugo) AK rifles is a small slot meant to fit the little tab on the gas tube lever. This is so that you can use the capsule as a cheater bar to open and close the clever. The capsule is a lot stronger than it looks, and shouldn't bend even you have a tight gas tube.
    This! Failing to have the tubular cleaning kit a small Crescent Wrench can be used to create a handle to rotate the lever with.

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    sorry Funky is is a underfolder. I am home so I have tools. so I don't have to dig, would the sks have a similar c/kit?
    it is good info though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by l921428x View Post
    ...would the sks have a similar c/kit?
    Yes it would. Check the buttstock for a trapdoor compartment with a small metallic cylinder contained within.

    You may want to get a surplus AK cleaning capsule anyway, just to have in your kit. They're pretty cheap and can come in handy.
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    yeah I will.
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    underfolders when issued would have the kit in the side front of the mag pouch.
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