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Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by McCalliberry, Aug 2, 2007.
What does the forward bolt assist do?
Assists the bolt going forward.
If the chamber is dirty, or a slightly out of spec case, or if one rides the charging handle forward, one uses it to push the bolt into battery.
The heel of your hand should never contact the forward assist on an AR. It is a forward "assist" not forward force. It is a thumb button only. If you have a dirty chamber, clean it. If you have an out of spec case, get rid of it. I have never allowed any of my AR's to get dirty enough to cause a stoppage. I can shoot 500 or more rounds w/o cleaning and have no probs.
For modern techniques, the FA is best used to lock the bolt closed after a chamber check.
I've found it very useful for silently chambering a round. Comes in handy when we get in and out of vehicles while predator calling, etc...