Bolt disassembly problems
I have a wasr 2 and i was breaking down the gun for cleaning and I can't get the bolt disassembled. I tried knocking out the pin with a punch,brass hammer, and a ballpeen but the pin won't even budge. I'm hitting the right pin also that one that runs up and down the bolt face. I've soaked the bolt in oil as well for over a day now and still nothing.The pin appears to be peened in the bolt. Any advice on how I can remove this peened pin so I can disassemble my bolt. Thanks.
Disassembling the bolt is NOT part of routine/operator level cleaning/maintenance.
If somethings not broken, it doesn't require disassembly.
The head of the firing pin retaining pin is slightly mushroomed on one end. That's the end that flush with the larger section of the bolt.
The other end is recessed and that's the end to drive from.
What you have to do is get the bolt in a well braced, no bounce-no move setup. Use wood blocks or whatever you have to. If the bolt moves when struck, all the force is dissipated and the pin may deform and lock tighter in place.
Next, buy a 1/16" punch and cut it off to about a 1/2" working length. This is known as a "starter punch".
The short length prevents the punch from bending or flexing and directs all the force to the pin.
Use the starter punch to get the pin moving, then switch to a standard length punch.
After you get the firing pin retainer pin out, then push out the extractor pin. Note the grooved end of the extractor pin. This interlocks with the firing pin retainer pin and MUST go back in correctly or you can't get the firing pin retainer back in.
Here's a tutorial on how to disassemble the bolt:
This problem came up elsewhere. The poster ended up asking a chemist, who told him to boil the bolt in vegetable oil.
He did so and he was able to remove the pins easily.
I read that post. I guess I'll have to give it a try. because nothing else is working yet. I'm waiting for another punch to come in the mail so i can cut down the one i have to make it a starter punch. We ll see what happens.
No luck with the vegatable oil Or a starter punch.
Originally Posted By ejc204:
I have a wasr 2 and i was breaking down the gun for cleaning and I can't get the bolt disassembled. I tried knocking out the pin with a punch,brass hammer, and a ballpeen but the pin won't even budge. I'm hitting the right pin also that one that runs up and down the bolt face.
Sorry to hear you're having trouble removing the pin.
Pin goes in and out one way.
Punch out from opposite side of the bolt cam.
Are you sure you're removing it in correct direction?
Yeah I'm sure I'm removing it the correct way. I contacted Century about the problem but there saying that i really shouldn't even break down the bolt. They said I should only break it down if its been fouled up and I absolutely need to remove the fiing pin. I wanted to break it down to remove any packing grease that could be caked on the firing pin. When I bought the rifle it was pretty flithy. I also have and arsenal and have done work on a few friends aks and i never experienced any problems with breaking down the bolt like this. Century says i can contact their customer service to see about repairs and warranty. But, they also said they dont recomend sending the bolt in case it gets lost b/c then i ll have a useless rifle. Which is true if i loose the bolt. But, there is some things on the bolt that looks different from other bolts that I've disassembled. When you remove the firing pin retaining pin you knock out the pin from the bottom of the bolt. Well when you look at the bottom of the bolt where you would begin to knock out the pin it appears to be shorter than most pins. If you were to look at the bolt you see the notch where you can see the firing pin reatining pin on the side of the bolt that leads up to the part where the pin is then pushed out through the extractor pin. That is where the pin starts and on the end in which the pin is supposed to come out the bolt it appears like it has been peened. If this explaination isn't enough I'll post some pics so you can see what I'm talking about. Thanks for everything though.