SKS Screw-up. Need some help
I was cleaning my Romanian SKS after a day at the range. I was at the point of taking off the gas tube when disaster struck. as I was lifting the lever by the rear sight, I sneezed and flipped it all the way, releasing the spring tensioned rod. Now I can't figure out how I can get the rod back in, short of cutting off the tube and piston and replacing them.
I tried removing the pin from the front "tower" that the gas tube connects to, but I couldn't move it to pull the tube off.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Am I screwed or is there a way to fix this?