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Looking for a Bolt Hold Open Latch for a SAIGA 7.62x39


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#1 clayde

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:16 AM

Hello, Does anyone know where I can pick-up a (new or used) Bolt Hold Open Latch for a SAIGA 7.62x39? Thanks in advance...

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:36 AM

Are you looking for the factory BHO lever or one of the modified safety levers?
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:56 AM

Excuse my ignorance, but what’s the difference?

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:55 AM

One is the bolt hold open that is located inside the receiver that automatically holds the bolt open after the last shot is fired and the other (using the safety lever) is a modification to the external safety lever that can be adapted to holding the bolt open by cutting a notch in the lever and manually catching the bolt in the notch.

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Edited by Otis Shepard, 06 August 2012 - 09:57 AM.


#5 canoecanoe

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:27 AM

I agree with the description of the notched safety lever, but the factory internal BHO does not automatically hold the bolt open. It is finger actuated and ia also manually operated. The only auto BHO I am aware of is magazine related.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 11:52 AM

In that case, I am interested in the factory BHO...

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 03:01 PM

Carolina Shooters has the spring and they carry a BHO lever labeled for the Saiga 12. I don't know if this will also work in a 7.62x39 or not, but I bet they coyuld tell you if you contacted them.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

Did yours originally have one? If not, I believe you'll have to do a bit of modification to your hammer, I'm sure someone will jump in here and correct me if I'm wrong. I left mine off when I did the conversion, plan on modding the safety lever.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:05 PM

Thanks guys for the quick relies. I'll give Carolina Shooters Supply a call & see what they have to offer. Thanks again!

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:45 PM

I don't use mine. PM me and I'll send it to you. I think I have the spring too.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 01:21 PM

Why do you want one for the x39? If I may ask. I don't see the need unless your local ranges require it.
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#12 canoecanoe

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

I can't speak for the OP, but I like the feature. Do I need it? No. Do I like having it, yes.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:17 PM

I like it, but not enough to go through the crap that the vids show in reinstalling it. I'll Dremel my safety lever instead.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:39 PM

I like it, but not enough to go through the crap that the vids show in reinstalling it. I'll Dremel my safety lever instead.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:20 PM

I ended up them out of both of my rifles and haven't missed them.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:58 AM

I had them in on all my Saigas then one day I noticed it bothered my finger. I felt it once nd couldnt get it off my mind when I was
shooting. Took em all out. Dont miss them a bit..

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:38 AM

I worked on the lever to make it much less obtrusive and still guarantee function.

Bottom line, to each his own. Some will like it and want it and some won't.

Edited by canoecanoe, 12 August 2012 - 08:15 AM.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:35 AM

I don't think a S12 BHO lever will work with a rifle. The S12 bolt is held much farther back than the rifle. It might not fit in a rifle. I'll check later.

BHO are valuable. Extra work needs to be done to make them worthy. Hammer has to be grinded down. The lip of the lever should be filed to have more of an aggressive cut that holds/catches the leg of the spring. The "button" part of the lever has to be shortened. Then the whole thing refinished.
Some find that work easy and no big deal.

The value I've gotten out of them is holding the bolt open to cool down the barrel faster than having the bolt closed.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:47 AM

I agree with jamesavery22. I do all that he mentions. No big deal if you have a plan and do this as part of the conversion. It is well worth it to me.
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:37 AM

I purchased a converted Saiga so the factory BHO lever had been removed. I shoot left handed so I don't think the factory lever would get in my way as much. If anyone wants to get rid of they're factory BHO parts let me know. I'll gladly pay any shipping costs.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:21 AM

Krebs Custom doesn't use those parts, either - due primarily to the difficulty of re-installing them. We use our Enhanced Safety, which has a manual bolt hold-open notch and a finger tab to make it easier to move.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:11 PM

My S12 did not come with a BHO. I cut a notch in the safety lever and use it to hold open the bolt. I think the gun cools off faster after extended firing sessions and I like the bolt open for safety reasons ( bolt back, safety on) when it is laying on the bench. I did the same notch on all my non-Saiga AK rifles. Easy and cheap

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 04:05 PM

jamesavery22 says.... " The "button" part of the lever has to be shortened " .....

..... I wouldn't do that. A shortened button may stay "up" inside the receiver when pushed up......bad day !!!

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:16 PM

That can happen if you cut it too short. I mark mine before I remove it from the unconverted rifle and make sure I leave enough material so that this can't happen. Never been a problem for me and I end up with the BHO feature that does not cause a problem with my trigger finger.

Works for me but may or may not be to your liking.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:21 PM

Just exchanging these thoughts should be adequate caution for others who may not have thought this all the way through.....thanks for sharing your experiences.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:37 PM

Your's are appreciated as well. Just sharing thoughts and ideas.
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