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Operating Rod Catch and Accelerator Assembly
 

Part name: Operating Rod Catch and Accelerator Assembly

Part Function: The Operating Rod Catch performs the function of capturing the operating rod when it is in a fully retracted position and holding it in place thus keeping the bolt open. This happens when the weapon fires its last round and ejects the clip or when the weapon is cleared manually. Note the 'leg' on the Operating Rod Catch. This comes into contact with the Clip Latch and keeps the Clip Latch from being depressed when the bolt is locked back.

In the center of the Operating Rod Catch you can see the Accelerator. This part rotates ever so slightly and simply moves the Operating Rod Catch into position faster.

The whole assembly is held together by the Operating Rod Catch Pin.

Special Notes: I do not disassemble the Operating Rod Catch assembly.

Other items of interest in this photograph: During World War II Mercury Dimes like this one were in common circulation. Also called "Fairy Dimes" some parents would give these to their children 'from the Tooth Fairy' when a child lost his or her first teeth.

Part shown in final assembly.

This page was last updated on: March 14, 2002

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