TAPCO AK-47 Gas Piston

Considering the importance of the gas piston to an AK-47 rifle, it is probably a good idea to keep a spare on hand or even upgrade your existing piston, which is exactly why Keepshooting.com is now offering the TAPCO® AK-47 gas piston. Machined from stainless steel, the TAPCO® AK-47 gas piston is an adjustable-length piston designed for use in any AK-47, AK-74, Tantal or Saiga rifle. Consider this U.S. 922r-compliant part a necessary upgrade.

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TAPCO® is a firearm parts and accessories manufacturer that is based in Kennesaw, Georgia. The company began as a small family business over 25 years ago, but has since exploded to become one of the nation's foremost manufacturers of aftermarket accessories. Unchanging, however, was the company's dedication to strong customer service and quality production. As such, TAPCO® offers a lifetime guarantee on all parts, many of which are marked "TAPCO U.S.A." to signify their proud heritage as an American-owned and operated company.

One of the parts marked "TAPCO U.S.A." is the TAPCO® AK-47 gas piston. As noted, the TAPCO® AK-47 gas piston is a full-length, 6.25-inch piston that is machined from high-strength stainless steel and is compatible with any AK-47, AK-74, Tantal or Saiga rifle. That means no more searching high and low for a suitable gas piston. Its versatility is made possible by a removable bushing, which serves as a point of adjustment that will allow you to tailor the piston to your specific rifle. Perhaps best of all is that this high-performance gas piston is a U.S. 922r-compliant part.

As with all TAPCO® products, the TAPCO® AK-47 gas piston comes with a lifetime guarantee that protects against any and all manufacturer's defects that are resultant from normal usage. For more information regarding the guarantee, please visit the company website.

So what is the role of the gas piston in an AK-47 and just how critical a component is it? In the AK-47 gas-operating system, a portion of the high-pressure gases from a fired cartridge is vented through a gas tube, where it forces the piston rearward. As the piston moves rearward, it acts upon the bolt carrier and forces both it and the bolt rearward. The rearward movement of the bolt provided for the extraction and ejection of a spent cartridge case and the chambering of a new cartridge upon being thrust forward by the recoil spring. In other words, the gas piston is absolutely necessary in any semi-automatic or selective-fire AK-47 or Kalashnikov-patterned rifle.  

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well priced anyway
Review by Michael
The price is unbeatable and it gives you one more US made part for that wonderful 922r government grasp on freedom. The only thing I'd like to see changed is the defined edges. The originals have a much smoother shape that make for greater reliability when extremely dirty or filled with foreign debris. Great finish and so far, reliable function.
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Inexpensive Way to add a US made part to your build
Review by Jose
This is an inexpensive way to add a US made part to your AK build. Keep yourself out of trouble and buy it if your thinking about adding a foreign part to your AK.
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unauthentic look, but it works
Review by Michael
I am not a huge fan of these simply because they did not even try to make these look original. Why not make an almost exact copy of any European piston and then stamp or engrave Tapco USA? Instead, you get this oddly shaped and sort of rough piston that seems very alien in any AKM. On the bright side, they bring your compliance parts number up, and they work flawlessly.
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perfect spare
Review by larry
Got as a spare for my Saiga rifle. Well made and very reasonably priced.
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great deal
Review by cody
Boom! It's my backup and it looks to be great quality . Glad I own one
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AK47 Gas Piston
Review by Brian
Bought this as a spare, God forbid I ever need to replace my piston. Seems to be a very good quality replacement. Rifle functions fine with it. It will be put away and forgotten about until I need it.

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