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AR-15 Forward Assist - Have You Ever Used It?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HoosierQ, Jan 30, 2012.

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Have you ever used the Forward Assist?

Poll closed Feb 29, 2012.
  1. I have used the Forward Assist on an AR-15.

    60 vote(s)
    50.8%
  2. I have never used the Forward Assist on an AR-15.

    58 vote(s)
    49.2%
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  1. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Member

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    Have you ever used the forward assist plunger on you AR-15? If so, under what circumstances?
     
  2. Welding Rod

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    To verify the bolt was completely locked after a chamber check to verify a loaded gun.
     
  3. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Member

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    I just finished a build with new parts and the end of the gas tube wasn't worn in, so the bolt didn't close all the way for the first few rounds.
     
  4. Owen Sparks

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    Actually, no. Not in a live fire drill.
     
  5. taliv

    taliv Moderator

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    yeah, but i don't train to use it.
     
  6. Sam Cade

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    Does using it as a bottle opener count?
     
  7. ScottRiqui

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    Whenever I've had the bolt fail to go all the way forward, it was always for reasons where the forward assist obviously wasn't going to help things, so I've never used it.
     
  8. anthonyUSMC

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    Tap - rack - bang!
     
  9. courtgreene

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    yes. Oddly enough, for the intended purpose... bolt didn't close, used the assist, life was good.
     
  10. 68wj

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    Brass check - yes

    Silent load (hunting) - yes

    Immediate action - no
     
  11. FlyinBryan

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    i used one a couple of times on a colt match target rifle. that rifle might have had a tight chamber.

    have not used one in apprx. 21000 rounds on my current rifles.
     
  12. MutinousDoug

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    I'd go with 68wj: " silent load (hunting)"
    But not since 1970 or so as, at the time, unless walking point, we were not authorized carry with a round chambered until something bad had just happened.
     
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  13. Six-Gun

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    Same - the other day actually. Bolt didn't get all the way home (new buffer system installed for a carbine length, collapsible stock) - foward assist did its job as designed.
     
  14. Stevie-Ray

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    One time. Worked swimmingly.
     
  15. Livnoutdoorsxd9

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    as 68wj said, silent loading during hunting, but my other 6.8 doesnt even have one, and I still managed to make it work.
     
  16. briansmithwins

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    Brass check.

    BSW
     
  17. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

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    2x in the first 100 rounds or so, I wasn't letting the bolt handle fly forward.
     
  18. Justin

    Justin Moderator Emeritus

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    I bought my first AR15 around 1999.

    Since then, I've used the forward assist on an AR exactly twice, both times with "remanufactured ammo" that came from Bubba's shed.
     
  19. Shawn Dodson

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    I've been shooting AR platforms since 1980. Yes.
     
  20. helotaxi

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    I've used it. That said, I hardly think it's necessary. Other than a rifle that I'm about 99% sure has a bad action spring, all using the forward assist has ever done for me is ensure that I have to mortar the rifle to get the round out of the chamber after the FA made sure it was good a jammed in there. If the rifle itself is operating properly and isn't going to battery, that should be a sign that you have a problem with the round. Get it out of there and run the next one in. If the rifle isn't working right, figure out why.
     
  21. tahunua001

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    I have never used one, the navy teaches you to use it in case of a misfire but in my mind if you have a fail to feed the last thing you want to to is try to ram the bolt forward because you dont know why it failed to enter battery. you could endup perma-screwing your rifle by forcing a round in the chamber. I have a DPMS sportical without a forward assist and have never failed to enter battery.
     
  22. firesky101

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    Just once in the first hundred rounds through my AR. Steel cases probably was not helping, but the forward assist did its job. "Better to have it and not need it" or some such thing like that.
     
  23. Flintknapper

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    Same as above. ^^^^^^^
     
  24. plunge

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    I voted no because I haven't used it on an AR-15, but i have used it many times on an M16 or M4.
     
  25. jon86

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    Yes. But only in basic training. Those rifles that we qualified with were jam-o-matics. I couldn't shoot 5 rounds without at least one malfunction.

    In my personal time, I've never had a malfunction, with thousands of rounds.
     
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