and Cleaning an AK47
Remove the magazine and set it aside.
2. Move the safety lever to "fire"
3. Pull back the bolt carrier lever and eject any round
from the chamber.
4. While holding back bolt carrier lever, visually inspect
the chamber to make sure it is empty.
5. Push the bolt carrier forward.
6. Press in the button on the rear of the receiver cover.
7. lift the rear of the receiver cover, disengage the front
of the receiver cover from the slot in the rear sight housing.
Pull the receiver cover free and set it aside.
8. Notice that the button you pressed in step 6 is the rear
of a rod with a long spring around it that goes into the
rear of the bolt carrier. Push the rear of that rod forward
until it disengages from the rear of the receiver.
9. Lift the rod up and backward to remove it and its spring
from the bolt carrier. Set the rod aside.
10.Push the bolt carrier lever to the rear and lift the
bolt carrier upward to remove it and the bolt from the receiver.
11.Remove the bolt from the bolt carrier by moving the bolt
forward and rotating it until comes free from the bolt carrier.
Set the bolt and bolt carrier aside.
12.With a punch or your hand, rotate the lever on the right
side of the r ear sight upward about 90 degrees.
13.Remove the gas tube and hand guard by lifting the the
rear of the tube and disengaging the front of the tube from
the barrel attachment it slides into. Set the gas tube aside.
is the reversal of disassembly
to take apart the AK47 recoil spring
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OK Here's more help with pictures and video;
NOTE - Pictures taken on a cut receiver which
turned out to be too much disassembly,
DO NOT CUT YOUR RECEIVER
Rear Stock is held on by two screws and TIGHT wood
On a real rifle use a rubber mallet
Rest the trigger guard on a table edge (padded)
Pull down hard on the stock
If more force is needed I use a few taps
to the receiver area to help jar the wood free
(Usually a folding stock will fit right in where the wood
was if you get the correct type.)
Now up front move this lever up and back to release the
top hand guard
Lever moved hand guard moving out
Now we are headed to where the arrow is pointing
Flip this lever up and over to release the metal part that
will slide fore ward on the barrel
(I wish I would have taken the cleaning rod out before I
took the pic, act like you don't see it)
replacing the top hand guard wood is easy as heck but tough
to explain so here's the explanation then watch the movie
to see it done
the metal part of the gas tube in your hand, then grab the
wood also. like you would a sword or light saber. Now twist
your hands like if you were going faster on a motorcycle.
That twist will rotate the wood on the tube and poof it's
off. Now watch the video
How to Remove the Top Front Grip
on the AK-47
Here to See the Movie
about this many parts left when it's disassembled
if you have this many parts after disassembly;
The assembled Recoil Spring assembly
to take apart the AK47 recoil spring
doesn't need to be done too often, maybe to add a
recoil buffer (but many of them slide over the spring).
But if you need to take apart the recoil spring, try
compress the spring down to the first 'link' or section
of the center wire. Then you can bend that center
'linked' wire support to basically trap the spring
while it's compressed. Be aware this spring is now
under great pressure, so pay attention.
'twist' off the end retaining 'nut' it basically falls
right off with no spring tension. To remove the spring
carefully let it un compress and it's apart.
get it back together, reverse these stops. Push the
spring down as far as possible until you can lock
it back. then using the wire 'link' like chopsticks
grip both side of the hole though the end 'nut' as
the spring is let back SLOWLY (so it doesn't shoot
the 'nut' across the room) it will put pressure back
on the end 'nut' and the assembly is back together.
picture is better and I think this one pretty much
explains the steps. Keep in mind it rough to hold
this with one hand and take a pic with the other.
The nut is in the brown part of the cammo below, it
looks like a nut with a hole drilled through it the
wrong way. No fancy screws or threads it's just held
in place with the spring tension.
spring compressed and 'locked' in place while the
end 'nut' is removed
a Book someone scanned and sent to us
Most of the AK47 rifles were made with completely machined
receivers. The receiver of the AKM is made from the stamped
sheet steel, with machined steel inserts riveted into the
place where required. The receiver cover is a stamped sheet
metal part, with stamped strengthening ribs found on the
The gas operated action has a massive bolt carrier with
a permanently attached long stroke gas piston. The gas chamber
is located above the barrel. The bolt carrier rides on the
two rails, machined in the receiver, with the significant
clearances between the moving and stationary parts, which
allows the gun to operate even when its interior is severely
fouled with sand or mud. The rotation of the bolt is ensured
by the curved cam track, machined in the bolt carrier, and
by the appropriate stud on the bolt itself. The return spring
and a spring guide are located behind the gas piston and
are partially hidden in its hollow rear part when bolt is
in battery. The return spring base also serves as a receiver
cover lock. The cocking handle is permanently attached to
the bolt carrier (in fact, it forms a single machined steel
unit with carrier), and does reciprocate when gun is fired.