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dreweB 08-06-2013 04:54 PM

Bolt question!?
I am building my first ar... I have the upper and lower complete the only thingI'm missing is my barrel assembly.. I tried pulling back the charging handle and my bolt did not stay back... Is that soppose to be like that or what???

Argyle_Armoring 08-06-2013 05:01 PM

You have to lock the bolt to the rear using the bottom of the bolt release. Press that in while slowly sliding the charging handle back to the receiver.

monteros 08-06-2013 05:19 PM

If you don't have a mag in the mag well, it will not have the upward tension to push the bolt catch up enough to lock it back. It's normal if you aren't engaging it manually, or using an empty mag.

KG7IL 08-06-2013 05:54 PM

You'll quickly learn how to either
1) run your finger up the magwell on the aft side to raise the bolt catch or
2) lift the bolt release paddle which in turn will raise the bolt catch or
3) (not so good) raise the bolt catch via the ejection port.

ZeusEcho 08-06-2013 08:15 PM

Could also get a Magpul B.A.D. lever and lock/release it easily with your trigger finger. I have one and like using it.

MrPEZO 08-07-2013 10:42 PM

I 2nd the use of a Magpul B.A.D. Lever!

Mdrums 08-08-2013 01:57 AM

I just got the BAD's nice and works

JonM 08-08-2013 02:00 AM

note about the bad lever is some rifles work with em some have issues with last round hold open. if you get one and you start having bolt hold open issues its the bad lever

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