recently purchased a mint norinco, went to clean it, and cannot get the gas tube/handguard to come off. have moved the takedown lever to the 10 oclock pos. and have seen the cam rotate, to the flat side, however will try to lift up on the end, it only goes about 1/4" and then seems to jam on something. is it possible someone before me rotated the lever all the way and let the operating rod shoot into the gas tube? if so how do u remove it to get gas tube off, and if cant get it out, will it hurt to shoot it this way to maybe force the rod back into its housing.
tks in advance,