Some time back I picked up a Bulgarian AK74 (such as the ones built by CAI and sold by Centerfire Systems) at a gun show.
Granted I've heard all the horror stories about CAI 47's and 74's, but, I appear to have lucked out and actually got a very good rifle for the money (less than $400).
Not liking the stock polymer upper/lower handguards currently installed, I purchased a set of 47/74 upper/lower guards made by Arsenal from these guys (http://shop.ernstarmory.com/product....&categoryId=25). I've held AK rifles using this style of handguard and I liked the fit and feel.
My problem I'm running into is, what should be simple removal of the gas tube/upper handguard assembly is being incredibly difficult! I've tried using a wrench/screwdriver to pry up the gas tube/upper guard and it won't budge. I've even wiggled the release lever for the gas tube into different positions to see if it was catching on anything, but still no dice. The gas tube does have a pressure clip installed, which I assume is making it VERY hard to pry this thing up.
Does anyone have any tips/tricks to removing the gas tube/upper guard on these types of riles? I'm concerned about applying so much leverage to pop it up I might bend or break something. Any help would be very appreciated! Thanks!