Does anyone else get feels
when you hold an AK?
More seriously, I've got a Romanian AK that I was lucky enough to buy before everything went crazy. It's an almost-stock WASR. The only changes are a flash suppressor instead of the slant brake and an ALG trigger, and a rattlecan camo paint job on the stock. I am considering an extra-power recoil spring to reduce the likelihood of peening the rear trunion.
I've taken it the range a few times, and I just cleaned it, but it didn't come with the little cleaning kit that has the bolt disassembly punch. I tried with a brass punch, a hammer, and a vise, but I was NOT able to get the firing pin retaining pin to budge. It feels like it might be frozen in place, if not staked. I've been spraying brake cleaner through the bolt on the sides of the firing pin, and trying to clean the extractor in place with more brake cleaner and an old toothbrush, but it'd really give me some peace of mind if I could get it apart to check for wear and damage, and perform the most basic preventative maintenance—taking out the firing pin, checking it for damage, cleaning any foreign matter off it, giving it a very light coating of oil, taking out the extractor, cleaning the extractor slot and the side of the extractor that has the hook, and putting just a tiny bit of lithium grease on the extractor before putting it back on.
Also, I've been using food processing machinery grade nontoxic white lithium grease as a lube on a number of firearms, mainly because I found an old tube of it in the bottom of my toolbox. As far as I know it's as good as anything out there, barring really extreme cold conditions.
I am annoyed at the lack of availability locally for 7.62x39. I'm told it's not difficult to reload if you can get components, which is iffy here and now. Supposedly 7.62x39 tolerates even cast lead bullets, and the gas system is tolerant of reduced-power practice ammo loaded with 2400 or Accurate #9 and cast bullets in the 150-160 grain range.