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  1. Yes please. Don't know when I'll purchase another firearm, but just in case that would be much appreciated!
  2. Thanks for the responses, Gents
  3. I am a permanent resident of TN, but currently stationed in Nevada. For the first time in 4 years, I bought a gun online and the transfer process was very different than I remeber it being in TN or other states I've been stationed. I'm not current on changes to federal gun buying laws so maybe I'm behind the curve or it's state-related. I'd like to know if transfers are like this back in TN. (1) No individual FFL holders, only gun stores--I've usually gone to a residence where the transfer was conducted (2) $60 transfer fees--I was used to paying $20 for the guy to make a 5-minute phone call (3) Up to 7-day wait period between filling out paperwork and taking possession of the firearm--Used to walking out with the firearm right then and there
  4. Thanks for posting the video. I viewed it during my little bit of research a couple nights ago. The rifle I received came in the same gas component configuration as the rifle shown in the video at the 6 minute mark. That is obviously a very open gas position and one reason why I thought the handguard was being blown off. Even being in such an open configuration, the rifle was still able to cycle ammo. And there's another video on Youtube where a guy's FN-49 does not cycle ammo in that configuration. I thought completely closing the gas port would eliminate the handguard being blown off but it did not.
  5. There is a hole in the top of the gas tube for gas to escape directly vertical and therefore I may have be absolutely wrong about the gas function on this rifle. This paragraph is directly from the FN 1949 manual: "c) Gas regulation. - The size of the slot for the escape of gas and its location are such, that when it is completely open the pressure exerted by the gas on the piston is insufficient to operate the mechanism. That is the point where the regulator intervenes. The regulator is built from a simple threaded sleeve (6), screwed around the gas cylinder. When the sleeve is screwed in, the opening for gas escape decreases and consequently the thrust of the gas on the piston is growinq, a good functioning of the rifle, without undue fatigue for the mechanism, is thus ensured. The gas regulation is carried out by the manufacturer, when the rifle is assembled." Source: http://www.biggerhammer.net/manuals/pdfs/FN49.pdf So what I interpret this to mean is that when I closed the gas system, I put more gas pressure on the piston instead of less, which explains why it continued to cycle another round after a shot. However, the dilemma is that if I open the gas port, I will have more pressure on the handguard than on the piston, and the handguard will continue to be blown off the rifle. Am I wrong? I"m not a very smart man...
  6. From reading a few forums last night, I am not the only one with the problem of the front handguard getting blown off. So, last night I closed the gas port completely (or so I think). After work today, I took the FN-49 to the range. First shot and the handguard blew right off again and the rifle cycled the next round. I'm thinking that a part (or parts) might be defective in this rifle, because it doesn't make sense to me that the rifle would still be able to fully cycle with the gas shut off. It's either user error or equipment error. I am going to have to comprehensively check the gas system components of the rifle as well as read an instruction manual because I am at a loss right now. In one forum post, a guy mentioned that he just duct taped the front handguard to the rifle and has had no problems since. While that may not be the best answer, if I don't find out why the rifle is operating like this, I might have to develop a wrap of some kind for this gun... or fork out some cash and take it to a gunsmith.
  7. Probably should have researched before I posted. Just answered my own question. Sorry for wasting your time
  8. I purchased an Egyptian FN-49 in 8mm on here a few months ago and finally got around to cleaning it and shooting in December. Unfortunately, I was only able to shoot two rounds out of it because the upper front handguard kept getting blown off. Does anyone have an idea, or know, why? I inspected both the front and rear upper handguards and both appear to be intact and have the same amount of wood that fits under the lower band which holds them down. I checked a schematics list and I don't think I am missing any parts. I am wondering if it's over gassed, so I am about to research that.
  9. I've run Tapco mags, various com bloc mags, Circle 10 mags, and newly-produced Bulgarian steel and polymer mags all flawlessly through my WASR without hiccups. In other words, I think you are good-to-go with almost any mag you find if you are just planning on shooting at a range.
  10. That's out of my realm. Maybe another time. Thanks anyways
  11. You know what? You're exactly right. Taking a closer look at it revealed a counter bore about 1.5 inch from the muzzle. And to add on to that, the rifle is a Russian capture and I've read they were notorious for counter-boring K98s. Thanks guys!
  12. Are you suggesting to pull a bullet and see if it slides all the way through the barrel?
  13. The lands and grooves look OK. I tried taking a picture of them, but my camera cannot focus down the barrel. I'm also a terrible photographer. I am concerned over barrel wear. Here is a picture to illustrate why I am concerned. ETA: This is not my rifle in the picture. This picture was taken from http://gimmeguns.com/cust_98
  14. I always wanted a K98 with a side rail mount and scope. So I bought the least expensive one I found on Gunbroker and I think I may have made a poor choice. How bad is the barrel on this thing based on these pictures? Do you think it will be a fairly accurate shooter still?
  15. Mueller tech support must not exist because they were not working again today. Instead the lady I talked to previously took their place and, needless to say, things did not go as I hoped. She was stalwart that the scope was damaged beyond repair and that $120 for a new scope was a good deal. I still disagree.   My opinion of Mueller Optics now is very low and I cannot honestly recommend them or their products to anyone. I hope this helps someone down the road when deciding on budget scopes.
  16. I called customer support and they told me to call back tomorrow and talk to tech support before 3pm.
  17.   The reticule rotates now as the magnification knob is rotated. Could it have become loose and slid towards the back of the scope then?   In any case, I will contact Mueller customer support on Monday and let you all know the details.
  18. I saw that FAQ also. In this case, I think they are claiming witness marks are clamping marks because there were no indentations in the body of the scope. Perhaps Mueller should define witness marks and clamping marks in their FAQ section to mitigate this issue. I ran my finger over those marks when I was packing it up to wipe off the moisture left by the rings and there was no discernible difference in surface consistency. Looking back, I wish I had taken pictures of it myself before sending it off.   I did a quick Google search last night on this issue, and I found a couple different forum posts which stated that if scopes are correctly installed there should be no marks whatsoever. If that is the case, then I am in fact guilty and will drop this issue. What do yall think?
  19. The manufacturer is Mueller and the scope is the 8.5-25x44AO Tactical. Nothing on their website says this scope is not intended for 308. I do not think the body of the scope was damaged when I sent it in, or ever, so I am annoyed. They claim I damaged this scope when I believe I did not. On Mueller's warranty page it says, "If at any time during the warranty period a Mueller scope is found to have a defect in material or workmanship, Mueller will, at our discretion, repair or replace it free of charge. The warranty is void if damage results from unauthorized repair, alteration, abuse or misuse." Here is their email. I misquoted them when I said "badly damaged." They stated "badly dented" but I still disagree.
  20. I bought a scope in the range of $170 back in 2011 and used it on my 308 rifle exclusively ever since. It was variable power, and while shooting with it last week I noticed that for the first time, the reticule rotated when I changed magnification. The scope's manufacturer offers a limited lifetime warranty so I sent them this scope to repair/replace. Today I received an email from them stating that they cannot repair/replace my scope because it is "badly damaged," "far worse than what the photo shows." Please take a look at this photo and tell me if this scope truly is badly damaged. I never had a problem with this scope before, or any of my other scopes before either. I did not have or use a torque wrench to install the rings, but this scope has never appeared damaged to me and has always worked fine up until last week. So I am asking your thoughts now on this. Is this scope badly damaged? Is the company being honest? What would you do in this situation? They offered me three options: 1. We can take your returned scope on a trade-in and get you back into the same scope (brand new) for only $120.. 2. We can take your returned scope on a trade-in for a different model of your choosing, just let us know which model and we can quote you a reduced price.. 3. We can send your scope back to you.. Thanks in advance
  21. DDI contacted me and said that the mag catch had worked itself loose and allowed the magazine to sit just low enough for feeding issues. I think this makes sense because I did not have any problems when I first bought the ak74, and when I did start experiencing feeding issues, they seemed to happen more frequently as time went on. DDI has said they fixed the problem and I'm guessing will probably ship my rifle back sometime next week. I've looked at their Facebook page and they have some good lookin' AKs. So far I'd say this is a fantastic company and I'd recommend them to anyone looking for an AK if only because of their customer service. It's an added plus that they're based in TN.
  22. I contacted Destructive Devices Inc, and they said they will fix it. All I have to do is pay shipping and insurance both ways. That sounds pretty reasonable to me considering my options, so I'm happy with that.
  23. There's definitely no cosmoline, or any grease, gunking it up. I disassembled the bolt tonight and the extractor was pretty strong. I'm not sure how to judge if the rifle is properly gassed, but it seems alright. But the last thing, the rail height, I have no idea if it's correct and I'm not too sure how to measure it. When I rack the bolt carrier though, there is no more resistance than on my 47. Just the carrier moving over the hammer is about the only resistance.   I bought this rifle from Classic Arms almost two years ago. I didn't get to shoot it until 6 months after I bought it. DDI, the company who bought WW, offers a 1-year warranty on their rifles. It's been over a year and I don't think they will consider this one of their rifles. I sent them an email tonight anyways and will call them tomorrow as well. Thanks for your help!


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