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AK-Pirate
November 28, 2017, 13:47
I recently picked up a nice SAR-48 Bush Rifle. Probably had less than 200 rounds through it and was very clean with hardly any wear. Took it out and ran it and it was flawless.

Had a buddy give me a Brazilian bayonet for it so I slipped it on when I got home. When I slipped it on, I noticed that the brake seems to be timed about 90 degrees off. Basically the blade is vertical rather than horizontal which means the wrench slots on the brake run horizontal and not vertical.

I pulled the bayonet off and unscrewed the brake. I cleaned the muzzle threads and the inside of the brake. Screwed it on again and I could only get it wrenched down to the original spot which like I said is 90 degrees off. The barrel threading is correct for a factory done job too. I called SA to verify if my serial numbers were authentic for a Bush version rifle too. My serial number is very low (below 2100) and is confirmed to be authentic.

I searched the internet looking for pics of SAR-48's and observing their brake timing. All seemed to have the wrench notches running vertical which is correct but mine is not. Any clue as to why? Is this something that may be typical of PARA's and Bush's since the barrels are shorter? Are there spacers out there that can help me time it properly? I'm kind of OCD about things like this which is why I care so much.

Any opinions?

MAINER
November 29, 2017, 10:56
Seems that SA screwed up on that one or just didn't think about mounting bayonets on their rifles at that time.

You can fashion a timing washer from soft wire, paper clip or whatever. I have heard of using various gauges of copper, but I wonder about the effects of Bore cleaners on this material.

There are FH Timing Washers for L1A1's, but don't know of any for FAL's except for the ones sold by DSA, Item # 002W, that might do the job.

1911Ron
November 29, 2017, 16:53
Seems that SA screwed up on that one or just didn't think about mounting bayonets on their rifles at that time.

You can fashion a timing washer from soft wire, paper clip or whatever. I have heard of using various gauges of copper, but I wonder about the effects of Bore cleaners on this material.

There are FH Timing Washers for L1A1's, but don't know of any for FAL's except for the ones sold by DSA, Item # 002W, that might do the job.

Yep! Mainer is spot on.

meltblown
November 29, 2017, 16:59
Or you could do what the Brazilians did best. Crank the bitch over and mushroom the muzzle. :D