AR bolt stuck on reassembly... fixed, but interesting.

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AR bolt stuck on reassembly... fixed, but interesting.

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Post by AndyC » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:16 am

I replaced the broken extractor on an AR bolt with a new one, and once that was done I slid the BCG back into the rifle, closed it up and tried to retract the bolt - which ground to a halt after about an inch. What the... ?

The short version is - a broken piece of the extractor managed to somehow wedge itself right underneath the bolt-release, which raised it up enough to catch the bolt.

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Anyway, interesting enough to mention just in case. The annoying thing is that this rifle was going to be presented to the shooter as a surprise-gift that day - I couldn't exactly give him a broken rifle, so I had to come home, resolve 2 issues and have an annoying, traffic-filled drive back again to present this gift to the lad :banghead:
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Post by Scott B. » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:25 pm

That was certainly more interesting than you wanted it to be. How many rounds before the extractor broke in the first place?
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Post by AndyC » Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:59 pm

Less than 500 :shock:
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Post by Lynyrd » Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:44 pm

Can you determine the cause? Poor quality, etc?
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Post by Scott B. » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:07 pm

I had an improperly heat treated bolt catch fail in one of my guns, right in the middle of a match. Fortunately, had a backup rifle. That catch serves as a zipper pull on one of my guns bags as a reminder.
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Post by AndyC » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:33 pm

Lynyrd wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:44 pm
Can you determine the cause? Poor quality, etc?
Poor quality, I imagine:

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