Originally Posted by slowryde45
uhmm....it is also easier to load the bullets into the magazine, if the magazine is out of the gun
Sorry...I couldn't resist. But seriously you guys...if you are going to be working on any kind of firearm, do yourself, your family, and the rest of us a huge favorer. Buy a book, search online for tutorials, ask questions on the forum, whatever it takes....BEFORE...diving in and trying to do somethings you may have never done before or have little to no knowledge of.
No, most firearms are not Rocket Science, to work on, maintain, use, but hopefully not abuse. BUT...if you do something that is INCORRECT in some areas of the firearm, you could possibly render it unstable to operate, which could lead to injury or worse. In the case of a gas tube, most likely it would have only stopped your AR from cycling to the next round. I've seen some folks out there who have installed triggers incorrectly, which could and in some cases DID lead to double firing to full-auto! NOT A GOOD THING!!!!
So, take the time and LEARN about your toy BEFORE you go taking it apart and reassembling. Check out this link for some very educational videos:GunTech : How to Build An AR-15 Video - World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools
or buy a book. This is one that I HIGHLY recommend:
"The AR15 Complete Assembly Guide" by Walt Kuleck and Clint McKee
It's worth the time and few $$$'s for the book, VERSUS damaging your AR, or possibly hurting you or someone else.
Dunno what's going on with this post, no links show up for me
Anyway to the OP, if you go to Brownell's site, they have FREE video tutorials on "How to build an AR15". Don't let the title fool you, because they have videos on just about anything and everything concerning your AR15, from maintenance, to loading, upgrading, assembling and disassembling, etc. I know, we as guys, don't like to admit that maybe we don't know as much about these things as we'd like to. But...better to be SAFE than sorry, especially when sorry could be COSTLY, in more ways than just the firearm.
So, if you don't want to buy a book on it, at least check online, for the free tutorial videos, even YouTube has hundreds of videos on it. But, I would probably trust the guys on Brownell's first. You can also hit the interwebz for instructional links on anything about the AR and just about any other firearm. And of course, we've got a pretty knowledgeable base right here on this forum.
There are no stupid questions, only stupid mistakes that could have possibly been avoided, by just asking.
Now, I have to ask...how the heck did you REMOVE the gas tube, WITHOUT first removing the handguards?
Or then again....maybe I don't want to know, the visual in my head is making me shudder