How to Use the AR 15 Bolt Action For Your pistol
If you've ever had to make a quick reload of your AR-15 then you know exactly what a frustration it can be when trying to load the buttstock after an empty mag. You get the gun cocked and ready to fire, then as soon as you take the first shot the buttstock comes loose. What do you do? Check the clip or, better yet, look for an AR 15 Bolt that has been stripped. An old buttstock will have to be replaced if it can't be fixed by a simple buttstock replacement.
Did you know that the Magazine Tube (also known as the "Bolt Up Tube") is where the ammo is fed from? The magazine tube and the bolt serve dual purposes. They keep the rounds in the magazine well arranged so that when the shooter ejects them they go off in the same order as they came in the gun. They also keep the ammo from bouncing around inside the magazine and causing jams. If the magazine is not properly aligned and the bolt is not seating into the magazine tube, then the rounds may not fire.
So what can cause this to happen? Usually a magazine liner will pop out and bang against the side of the receiver. This can cause the primer to fly out and get caught in the face of the buttstock. This can cause jamming and significant damage to expensive ammo.
To fix this problem, first, try to dislodge the magazine. First, lay the magazine on its side and grasp the bolt tight with a towel or something similar. Squirt some lubricant (glass cleaner works great) onto the bolt and then carefully slide it out. Be careful to not allow the lubricant to get onto the bolt. Next, remove the bolt and use a large adjustable wrench to remove the bolt from the magazine.
Next, check to make sure there are no problems with the screws that attach the buttstock to the rifle. If you hear noises when you are shooting the gun, then you may need to tighten or replace some screws. After that, re-attach the buttstock to the rifle.
If you did not remove the bolt all the way, you will probably have to hit the buttstock with a hammer to break it free. Once the buttstock is free of the bolt, you can tap it on the ground to make it slot into the stripped bolt. Reinstall the old bolt and put a fresh one in place. Do not reuse the old one. If you have trouble sighting in your shots, you can take it back in to the manufacturer for a new one to be fitted.
If you did, however, remove the bolt all the way, you will probably have to purchase a new buttstock. These are usually steel or alloy based. They are stronger and less prone to jamming because they are more solid than plastic or lightweight magazines. They will also generally cost more, but they will last longer and be more durable.
When you are finished, take the magazine out. You will need to install the new buttstock and put it in your hand. You should probably take a couple of practice shots before you shoot a real shot. Remember how to handle your gun. It will save you money if you get a full auto gun right the first time.
If you are considering getting a full auto gun, consider buying a semi-automatic version. It will be less expensive and much easier to handle. If you already own an AR-15, this could be the way to go. However, some states prohibit the sale of semi-automatics to people under the age of 18.
Once you have a semi-automatic version of the full auto magazine, you should check the markings on the magazine to determine what size BB you need. If the markings are not clear, you can use a gun safety calculator to figure out what size BB you will need. There are different gauges to judge the size of the BB as well. You will need to get this figured out, as it is very easy to get it wrong. The markings may also state something to the effect of'sized for pistol only' or 'designed for use with pistol only'.
After you have gotten the size and type of BB that you need, you should assemble the buttstock. Do this by moving the magazine towards the open end of the gun, and then snap the buttstock assembly right down into place. Snap it in place while checking to see if it is aligned with the screws that hold the buttstock in place. Make sure it is tight enough by placing a finger on the buttstock from either side to ensure that it is aligned properly.