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A piston is a component of reciprocating engines, reciprocating pumps, gas compressors and pneumatic cylinders, among other similar mechanisms. It is the moving component that is contained by a cylinder and is made gas-tight by piston rings. In an engine, its purpose is to transfer force from expanding gas in the cylinder to the crankshaft via a piston rod and/or connecting rod. In a pump, the function is reversed and force is transferred from the crankshaft to the piston for the purpose of compressing or ejecting the fluid in the cylinder. In some engines, the piston also acts as a valve by covering and uncovering ports in the cylinder wall.

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  1. Tony617

    Quick question on the AK-47 gas piston

    I have question on the AK-47 gas piston. With my M14 you keep the gas piston and cylinder dry. Is it the same for AK-47 to keep it dry as well? What about the gas cylinder too? Just using CLP to cleaning and lubing right now. Thank you.
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