I've got mine running very well now - I had it shipped to Tom Cole shortly before his building caught fire. That delayed the work a bit. I've had it for a couple of weeks now, and am satisfied that it is one of the most reliable WASR-22s out there. He reshaped the firing pin from the original round cross-section for more consistent ignition, worked on the extractor and probably the feed ramp (can't recall), repaired the receiver where the previous owner damaged it removing the optics rail, installed a new optics rail, threaded the barrel 1/2" x 28, and refinished the rifle. When I got it, I fitted a standard AK dust cover (fitting involved removing material on the right side of the dust cover where it would have impeded the charging handle), removed the dragunov-style thumbhole stock, installed a pistol grip and Romy folder, and headed to the range.
The rifle feeds and extracts reliably - the only remaining issue appears to be headspacing - every single casing it ejects is substantially swollen just above the rim, and one in about every 25 cartridges blows out the wall of the case just above the rim. Oddly, while this sometimes causes a FTE, it does not always do so, and enough energy is always imparted to stabilize the bullet and send it all the way through the barrel, and the can, without a baffle strike. Is there anything I can do, on my own, to reduce or eliminate the OOB detonation problem? Again, since it's a .22, the OOB detonations are not a big deal - I wear eye protection when I shoot. My big concern is that such a detonation will damage the extractor. I only noticed the first time because I shoot with a can - click, click, click, click, boom! Got my attention.
Edited by Shandlanos, 23 December 2011 - 02:37 PM.
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