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Thread: Installing an AK47 "retaining plate."

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    I'm new to the AK47 rifle so I have a lot to learn. But, the man I got it from says that it has always functioned perfectly and I trust him. So, I think it's a keeper. But, spare parts are absolutely essential. Now that the plate is installed, I have to get out in the woods and see what it will do.

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    They are very reliable rifles to say the least!

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    but I'm a cheap b*stard. LOL.
    LOL I know what you mean, I either use the original shepards hook (with the coil cut off) or the hitch pin things.
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    You shouldn't remove the trigger group for normal cleaning. Just about anything you can stuff in there to keep the pins in place will work. Another vote for e-clips! Never thought about hitch pins... good idea!

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    True hardware stores and big box stores have both e-clips as pookie indicated and hitch clips. i prefer the hitch clips, they are easily removed with a fine screw driver and needle nose pliers, e-clips are bit more difficult to install and remove these clips are cheap, just take pin with you to figure your size on the small hitch pins

    some guys claim the e-clips don't hold well metric vs inch

    no shepards hook or plates for sprat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprat View Post
    True hardware stores and big box stores have both e-clips as pookie indicated and hitch clips. i prefer the hitch clips, they are easily removed with a fine screw driver and needle nose pliers, e-clips are bit more difficult to install and remove these clips are cheap, just take pin with you to figure your size on the small hitch pins

    some guys claim the e-clips don't hold well metric vs inch

    no shepards hook or plates for sprat
    Yeah the hitch pins are definitely easier to install/remove, and in general give a more snug fit versus the e-clips. I think its a 3/16" hitch that I use IIRC. Fits the slot in the axis pin perfect. The e-clips can be a pain to install especially if you wear bifocals. LOL.
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    i got the Tapco one, the protrusion does look like it might make it easier.


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    The tapco retaining plate I bought wouldn't work the AK i built on a Tapco flat.
    That's because Tapco flats are slightly out of spec.
    just file/grind the retainer were it hits the trigger pin. IMO its a good thing there a little off .

    I try to set mine up so there is a tension on the pin an you have to flex the retainer a little to get the selector in by carefull fitting the area were it hits the trigger pin It takes me just a few minutes on a bench grinder to do this . IMO the tension on the pins helps keep them from moving an thus wearing . c clips an what not do not . I have had c clips come loose so I quit using them . For $4 the retainer is a better set up IMO . A sheperds crook is also fine just a bit harder to install.

    I thing the entire set up could be improved in how its designed but its been working fine for 60 years.

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