Monday, April 7, 2014

Well.... THAT was different...... and scary





A few days back, I was allowed some 'quality time' on the range with this PSL.  I'm fairly certain it was unfired, and here is how I know.....




A couple rounds in, I was greeted with this when I sent one. It sounded weird, felt weird, and locked the action up pretty tight.  The top cover was bent up, and the bolt took some finagling to get open.

Examining the other spent rounds found every one had a problem.



Lesson learned:  NEW don't mean GOOD.  Also, QC is a little less than impressive behind the former iron curtain.  ALSO also..... wear the damn eye protection!

PS:   Why ain't you folks chewing on me about the misspellings?   Good friends would show no mercy... sheesh.

9 comments:

Long Island Mike said...

Sounds like you made it off the range in one piece, which is good. Are you ruling out that the ammo might be the problem? Maybe a bad lot? Looks like hugely excessive pressure from the primers.

Hope you do some diags and get back to us.

Anonymous said...

bore obstruction, head space, poor chamber reaming, bolt failure of some sort or ammo

drjim said...

Those are ruptured primers, correct?

Anonymous said...

Oversize bullet? Undersize bore? Please let us know the root cause.
ignore amos

Sigivald said...

My impression is that PSLs not uncommonly have headspace issues.

That would explain a lot of that.

Gauges are cheap.

MS Jordan said...

Don't give a damm about your spelling - more interested in what your saying

Hartley said...

Spelling give authenticity - how else would we know it was you, and not some robo-gunblogger?

Carteach said...

I had the rifle only for this range session, and returned it immediately after.

My thoughts.... an enlarged firing pin hole in the bolt, and a free floating pin, combined to leave the primer unsupported. When the primer cup ruptured, the escaping gas caused the bolt to move back, letting the case wall rupture.

Firehand said...

Couple of years ago knew a guy who had a PSL that jammed a couple of times due to ripping a piece off the case rim, leaving the case in the chamber. But his primers looked NOTHING like that.

He did a mod on the gas system to slow down the cycle, no more problems on his.