You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of!    

Firearm & Gun Forum - > Long Guns > Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion > AR-15 Discussion >

Bolt question!?

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-06-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 48
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default 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???

dreweB is offline  
Reply With Quote

Join Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join Today! - Click Here

Old 08-06-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
Feedback Score: -1 reviews
Argyle_Armoring's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Edmond
Posts: 898
Liked 363 Times on 223 Posts
Likes Given: 645


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.

NRA Life Member
What do I know? I'm only a professional.
Argyle_Armoring is offline  
monteros Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 05:19 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
monteros's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 186
Liked 16 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 69


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.
~Build Planning Document
~Build Thread
~Build Photo Album
monteros is offline  
Argyle_Armoring Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
KG7IL's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Eatonville,Washington. My nearest neighbors are cows.
Posts: 3,137
Liked 2415 Times on 1330 Posts
Likes Given: 6903


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.
KG7IL is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #5
Lifetime Supporting Member
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
ZeusEcho's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 617
Liked 68 Times on 62 Posts
Likes Given: 167


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.

ZeusEcho is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2013, 10:42 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 41
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


I 2nd the use of a Magpul B.A.D. Lever!
MrPEZO is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2013, 01:57 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Mdrums's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Fairfield Inn, Courtyard, Springhill Suites, Marriott and Hilton hotels
Posts: 119
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 13


I just got the BAD's nice and works
Mdrums is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2013, 02:00 AM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
JonM's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Rochester WI,Rochester WI
Posts: 20,138
Liked 7703 Times on 4105 Posts
Likes Given: 630


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

"Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound." L. Neil Smith

The problem with being stupid is you cannot simply decide to stop doing dumb things...

"I crapped my pants to avoid the draft!!" -Ted Nugent
JonM is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Ideas on how to convert a straight bolt Mauser 98k to curved bolt (sniper bolt) sharpshooter5647 General Rifle Discussion 20 11-18-2013 12:33 PM
savage 110 Bolt question bodine46 Gunsmithing Forum 2 03-04-2012 06:39 AM
bolt catch question ... thejinxmeister AR-15 Discussion 12 03-26-2011 12:38 AM
Remington 788 Bolt Question Sniper03 Gunsmithing Forum 1 01-16-2011 10:32 PM
Stiff bolt question? pwrstrkd General Rifle Discussion 2 01-09-2011 11:56 PM