Well, FOUR things:
1. Let the magazine hang. Do not push
it up into the pistol with your support hand.
It will hang down loose, @ 1/8th of an inch. That's OK.
You have to position your left hand differently, so it is
not under the magazine. It takes some getting used to.
2. Firmly resist the recoil. The gun has two return springs,
and if you don't hold it firmly, it won't cycle properly.
3. Forget all that crap you see in the movies. The 50AE is,
for all intents and purposes, light armor busting. Tightly grip
it with BOTH HANDS.
4. Deep clean your unit. Field strip it, and give it some love.
Your first picture looks like the chamber is crammed with glop.
When I got mine, it had about 3 pounds of dirt accumulation in the
system. Frankly, I would have been surprised if it cycled at all, at that point.
Let us know how your next range trip goes...
Last edited by therewolf; 08-09-2013 at 10:07 AM.