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So, here's the story. I traded a Blank Fire PPSH-41 and got a K-43 in return. I was excited. This is my holy grail gun and I have been itching for one to use in reenactments. I order the shooter kit (it did not have one installed) and when it came in I went about installing it. All the internal parts look great. Until this.

http://i.imgur.com/ceZK6Wl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/4QF4T0n.jpg

It has 3 cracks. They do NOT go all the way through but they are bad enough. Either way it's obvious the owner before me shot this thing hot. I was devastated. I emailed Rob from Apfeltor (Hope I spelled that right. Lol) and it kicked me an email back with him saying his computer will be offline for a few days and he will be unable to read emails. I then tried gunbroker. Found the part I needed. Registered. Got banned for being a "Suspicious Account" and they are demanding a driver's license and a utility bill from me. Auction for the part ends tomorrow. =/

So. Help. Please. What are my options. What can I do. Does someone have an extra part they want to sell me? I want this baby to LIVE! :(

Thank you all. :)
 

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First step....calm down. Okay, cool now?

What about the guy who traded this to you? The photos aren't the clearest, but it seems that the cracks are pretty obvious upon examination. Unless he told you that there was damage, I would be making my first phone call to him. This may be a issue where the gun needs to go back, or the "seller" needs to kick in something here, either a part or repair costs. There are other guns, so don't tie yourself to this one. What is the condition otherwise?

On the other hand, what was the trade "value" of this PPSH? If you got a screaming deal, it may make sense to take your licks and learn from the experience. Get your gunbroker issues resolved and buy another part, or find someone to fix this. There will be other parts for sale, and there are skilled gunsmiths who can solve almost anything.
 

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I do know a guy who can weld that up for you, if you like. He has a Microwelding machine that uses a laser as a heat source and uses welding rod that is on the order of a couple thousandths of an inch in diameter.

Usually, he works to repair stuff for machine shops that the machinists screwed up on and they don't want to scrap, but he loves to work on guns in his spare time.

One of the repairs he did for me in the past was on a cracked G43 firing pin carrier The part behind the crosspin was being held on by only a thread of metal. It is completely solid now.

He also repaired the broken-off corner on the bolt face, and replaced some missing 'teeth' on the rear sight slide on my Broomhandle Mauser.

If he needs to check his work, I have in the past brought examples from my collection to him to use for comparison and test-fitting. I do have a G43 that is available for this, if necessary.

I will PM you with his phone number. If you are interested, by all means give him a call.
 

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Your pictures is upside down #1 picture orientation correctly you are fine the 6 o'clock bottom seam 100% correct. Now #2 pic the crack at 2 o'clock on the left that seems to be a crack that you are pointing right! That can be repaired very easily by a professional welder. GB has the action housing currently (live) I can't post it-- at 255.00. There are other known places you may check for metal fatigue. Bolt housing and bolt carrier, end for your receiver near the tang. At this time your best bet is to call seller back and come to some sort of agreement.

btw not an expert myself. believe me we have collectors that helped to write few books around here! Michael, Rhett



This is after crack is repaired below




Before: below

 

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Thank you all for the replies.

Let me speak on a few issues here then I will move on to some update pictures.

1. Returning it / Disputing it with the seller.

I wish not to do that. The seller is someone I am familiar with. I did a straight trade with him. He is another reenactor. I firmly believe he did not have a clue that this damage was here. The rest of the rifle is in great condition. It was well taken care of and loved for...just fed a with a little rough "food" and failure to install the shooter's kit. Which I have already remedied. :)

I am willing to go forward on my own for repairs.

2. I have been hearing that Rob has fixed FAR worse bolt action covers. So that has skyrocketed my confidence on this matter. Rob - fix your computer and email me back. :)

Now on to the update pictures. Linked due to size.

http://i.imgur.com/m4qx93v.jpg

In this picture you can see a crack on the right and a crack on the bottom.

http://i.imgur.com/Ix1On0J.jpg

Here is the worst crack that I did not get a picture of in my initial pictures. It's a nasty one. You can also see the other two cracks pretty well here.

http://i.imgur.com/E5WChox.jpg

Some other minor damage I discovered that should be easy to fix.

http://i.imgur.com/7zDlCym.jpg

Charging handle and bolt carrier are in great shape.

http://i.imgur.com/qSVDy9N.jpg

Interior of the action cover is in good shape.

http://i.imgur.com/eZFnOOw.jpg

Another show of the bottom damage.

The rear of the rifle I did not get a picture of. But I inspected it as well. It is in good shape. All internal metal parts are in good to very good shape. The only damage is as pictured. :)
 
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