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.
page was last updated on: March 14, 2002