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Hi - Bought an SKS that came with the 10 round box not attached. Followed the procedure (to install the mag) of removing the top cover and bolt assy along with the safety in the safe up position. Pushed the button (which is very stiff) for popping out the trigger group but it is not budging. The gun is a not a matching numbers piece with an ATI stock with no rust visible.
Any ideas on what is keeping the trigger group from budging? The gun will dry fire without any issue.<_<
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Is the safety off or on?
It is in the on (up) position. Everything else on the rifle seems to be in functional shape although the the piston under the forearm cover is a bit tight when removing. Everything was well oiled with no signs of rust/corrosion. I just WD-40'd the area around the trigger and will try again in the next couple of days.
 

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I have found that you have to push the release quite hard I usually use a cartridge, bullet tip,
I'll reseat the bullet if I pushed it as hard as I'm pushing with a phillips head right now. Perhaps the phillips head is not pointy enough. How much will the button give? 2mm or 5mm?
 

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How much give in the button release?

I have found that you have to push the release quite hard I usually use a cartridge, bullet tip,
I'll reseat the bullet if I pushed it as hard as I'm pushing with a phillips head right now. Perhaps the phillips head is not pointy enough. How much will the button give? 2mm or 5mm?
 

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OK.....After a few days of soaking with WD40 and bit of muscle and jiggling the trigger popped out without too much more fanfare (it may have worked a few days before if I jiggled it just right). Put the standard 10 rd mag back in place and had to muscle and jiggle a bit more to get it locked frimly in place. The release button on this was one stiff mutha! Afterwards I did the obligatory standard basic upgrades of a Murray's firing pin install along with a Buffer Technolgies buffer. It is one nice little rifle to shoulder. It's like the jeep of firearms - solid with it's own rugged inner beauty.
 

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I'll reseat the bullet if I pushed it as hard as I'm pushing with a phillips head right now. Perhaps the phillips head is not pointy enough. How much will the button give? 2mm or 5mm?
I use a brass punch and tap lightly with a plasic hammer. Works everytime (I have the rifle on a benchtop held steady with a vise)
 

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Have seen people damage the safety when not in the right position trying to install and remove. Sounds like it is all well and fixed now. Vice, punch and hammer good advice!
 

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I have another one to try this on

I use a brass punch and tap lightly with a plasic hammer. Works everytime (I have the rifle on a benchtop held steady with a vise)
This sounds like a good method. I wonder how much trougle the average Chinese soldier had doing this in the field!
 

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This sounds like a good method. I wonder how much trougle the average Chinese soldier had doing this in the field!
They probably use one bullet like a punch and hit it with a bigger bullet as a hammer! I did read and see a picture of a dumb ass in the US Army that used a loaded fifty round as a hammer and the aftermath when it went off in his hand. He pretty much lost his hand.

Warning the picture in the link is very graphic.
M2 Machine Gun Safety Message 10-02
 

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not a total loss he still had his trigger finger:wacko:]

what a dufus!

if the trigger guard spring is missing it will be harder to remove than one that has the spring installed.

mine had a missing trigger guard spring and it was a beach to remove the trigger group but once I installed a spring the trigger group comes out much easier now. a good solid bump with a Phillips head screw driver or a pin punch on the take down latch will make it jump right out of the receiver.
 

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I had no trouble getting mine out of my Yugo, but putting it back in was no walk in the park. Needless to say I haven't taken it out since (4 months).

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I had no trouble getting mine out of my Yugo, but putting it back in was no walk in the park. Needless to say I haven't taken it out since (4 months).

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Hold it in the vise upside down. Put one hand underneath to keep the action and stock from seperating. Position the magazine properly in its place. Place the trigger group in position for installation. Hold the action and stock together with one hand and with the trigger group in place, whack on the trigger guard with a plastic (or brass) hammer until the trigger group locks into place. one or two whacks should do it.
 

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Just something about using a hammer on a firearm that bothers me. I've done it, but I've never been comfortable with it. You should have seen me with my brand new Ruger Mark III trying to remove the barrel group from the frame the first time. A plastic dead blow works pretty well for that but I still don't like doing it.

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Hammer and pin punches is standard tools working on firearms.
a good ball peen and a dead blow with replaceable heads should be in any gunsmiths toolbox.
Yep I know, but there's just something wrong with having to whack a brand new firearm with a hammer. Again I've done it but still don't like doing it. The hammer is always my last resort.

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its a clip

The release for the trigger is a clip and sort of needs to be pushed in towards the rear of the trigger gaurd not so much down. If you safety is in the wrong position it should not come out no what you do. Be careful place the rifle on a hard working surface (example I can't get mine out by sitting it on mat on my bench I just use a thin towel under the gun between the bench).
 
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