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RiverRat68 05-18-2012 04:05 AM

Shooting from a bench rest
:(Monday at our local gun club, I had two incidents happen. Twice my Mini 14 double fired, slam fired, bump fired, what ever you want to call it. I have spoken to several knowledgeable individuals, and their opinon was that it was two unexpected bump fires, probably because of the grip that I had on the weapon.I probably have fired 4,000 to 4,500 rounds .through it. I have never had a problem with malfunctions. I have my Mini 14 and my hand loads fine tuned where as I shoot many MOA's at 100 yards.
NOW MY QUESTION IS: How firmly do you individuals grip your rifle at the time you touch off a round when shooting from a bench rest??? I'll appreciate and comments and suggestions.:confused:

Sniper03 05-18-2012 02:02 PM


I use a Light pressure grip to support the rifle, but the other issue is as follows. I always have the butt plate or stock plate of the weapon solidly (Contact) against my shoulder. Was the butt of the rifle/stock firmly against your shoulder? *Not overly but just solidly in good contact against your shoulder. Or could you have been slightly out of position (Maybe leaning a little too far forward on the bench allowing the rifle to jump slightly therefore causing what you referred to as a Bump Fire. If you should pay close attention to the above and still be having sporadic double-ups it simply could be that your disconnector spring is getting weak and needs replaced. This will also occur in the AR-15s if the spring gets weak. It is an easy fix! :)


RiverRat68 05-18-2012 03:07 PM

Thanks, Sniper03, for your response. I probably did not have firm contact of the butt plate against my shoulder. Also, for some reason Monday, I couldn't seem to aquire my normal comfortable shooting position. I hadn't thought about that until I read your reply. I contacted the GunDoc (Great Western Gunsmithing) about this problem and he said that one of the reasons for this, could be a weak Secondary Sear Spring, which I have ordered from Brownells. Im planning to go to the range on Monday after I get off work, but since it's my birthday (21st. of May, 74 years young), I can't guareentee it. I'll keep this thead updated.;)

mountainman13 05-18-2012 03:10 PM

I would have suggested a sear issue but a rifle bounce is a possibility.

Sniper03 05-18-2012 03:17 PM


May you have a great day!

There are still several of us here on the FTF the same age as Jack Benny!


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