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Old 07-07-2020, 02:24 PM
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i know near next to nothing about semi-auto long guns. got a Palmetto State Armory AK47 last month for ‘peace of mind’. what lubricant does it need? don’t want to use up the rather expensive hops gun oil i use on my pistols.
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Old 07-07-2020, 03:00 PM
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That's a nice looking rifle. I have a PSA AR-15 and it is a great running rifle. I hope you AK does as well.

If you are looking for lubricant there is a thread dedicated to that topic here:

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=353412


You might want to check it out. Lubricants are a subject that can have dozens of answers to one question basically you just have to decide which one you like. Mobile One Synthetic works and is cheap compared to the cost of some gun oils you can get a qt. for around 6 bucks.
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Old 07-07-2020, 03:14 PM
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thanks SC shooter 👍 i’ll check out that thread, leaning towards mobile 1 myself. looks like maybe moly grease on the rails and mobile 1 everywhere else.
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Old 07-07-2020, 08:12 PM
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I use a thin film of white lithium grease on the sliding/rubbing parts and CLP or Ballistol on most everything else. YouTube will show you 100 different ways to do it.
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Old 07-07-2020, 09:29 PM
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Give us a range report on that bad boy when you get a chance. A lot of us are curious how well the AKs from PSA run. As for lubricant, pretty much anything will suffice on an AK as long as you don't over-oil it. A thin film on the metal surfaces and a few drops on all the load-bearing areas and you're good to go. Use grease instead on the load-bearing surfaces if you like, but it's not necessary. The kind of lube you use is only critical when you're out in -0 degree weather or caught in blowing sand somewhere in the desert. On a North American rifle range in sunny 75-degree weather, not so much.
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Old 07-08-2020, 06:54 AM
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Give us a range report on that bad boy when you get a chance.
taking it out for a spin on Friday 👍
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Old 07-08-2020, 07:07 AM
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A thin film on the metal surfaces and a few drops on all the load-bearing areas and you're good to go. Use grease instead on the load-bearing surfaces if you like, but it's not necessary.
yup, basically what i got from the thread link. took the gun apart last night, looks bigger than a 1911, but as far as needed oiling, there’s not much: the bolt, the rails on stamped receiver and the firing pin assembly. and trigger/hammer area. imagined i’d need a quart of oil for the beast, but a few drops sufficed :]
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Old 07-08-2020, 08:29 AM
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Put a couple drops inside the bolt carrier / gas piston assembly ... where the recoil spring travels .
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Old 07-08-2020, 09:39 AM
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put a couple drops inside the bolt carrier / gas piston assembly ... Where the recoil spring travels .
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Old 07-08-2020, 01:24 PM
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The truth about lubricants in firearms is that virtually ANY lube will work just fine for normal use.
This is especially the case in the AK rifles.

Just buy any good lubricant and try it. If it work to your satisfaction, you're done, move on to something more important/fun, like shooting it.
The AK, like most firearms will work smoother with a little grease on key areas.

The subject of the "best" lubricant in firearms is the single most discussed topic on the gun forums, and it always comes down to someone's personal favorite...... There IS NO "best".

If you're still unsure, read this article on how well lubricants actually lubricate.
Most tests are how well a lube prevents rust, and the results of these test vary wildly, even when done under near lab conditions. This one also covers actual lubricating abilities.........

http://www.shootersforum.com/gun-cle...tin-2014-05-07
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Old 07-08-2020, 02:12 PM
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This one also covers actual lubricating abilities.........

http://www.shootersforum.com/gun-cle...tin-2014-05-07
i usually am not a huge fan of these ‘homemade’ comparisons, but this one was great; regarding corrosion there are clear differences; and lubricity as well, although, as the tester admits, operational temperatures will affect how these lubricants perform. My old time favorite, Hoppes Oil did adequately well, but it looks like Hornady One Shot performed impressively and is worth trying out.
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Old 07-08-2020, 02:21 PM
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It’s an AK. You can pee on it for lubricant and it still works.
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Setting vertical in the gun rack , gravity is constant . Apply a few fresh drops when you head to the gun range .
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Old 07-09-2020, 06:21 AM
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It’s an AK. You can pee on it for lubricant and it still works.
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Setting vertical in the gun rack , gravity is constant . Apply a few fresh drops when you head to the gun range .
got it; pee on the gun before blasting off a mag 👍
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Old 07-09-2020, 06:05 PM
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That's almost literally true.

The AK is in use in a lot of third and fourth world countries in which the users have had NO instruction on the weapon other than to figure out how to load and fire it.

In countries like Afghanistan if they even bother to EVER lubricate their AK it's often a few drops of absolutely filthy used motor oil.
The AK was designed to be used by an illiterate Russian peasant with bare minimal training or maintenance and still function.
Any cleaning or lubrication you do is a net gain for the rifle.

With that said, since we have to pay for our own firearms doing proper maintenance and lubrication will make it last longer in better condition.
There are the fools online who brag about never cleaning their AK and "It still works great" but no normal gun owner would want a clapped out AK like that.
That's like the jerks who claim they never change the oil in their cars.

Clean and maintain your AK and use some sort of lubricant and 100 years from now it'll still be in good shape.
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Old 07-09-2020, 07:21 PM
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That's almost literally true.... The AK was designed to be used by an illiterate Russian peasant with bare minimal training or maintenance and function.
it’s partly true. but the main idea is that soldier’s best time is spent fighting, not tinkering with their guns. also, maintenance requires logistics lines for parts delivery. in a place of Russia’s magnitude, logistics lines can be an issue. The philosophy is that a weapon should be as simple as possible to do the job, but no simpler. Easy manufacture, easy maintenance and you optimize your limited resources. Think Tiger Panzer vs T34 tanks. That’s the appeal the AK has for me.
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