Sounds like there is confusion surrounding the purpose of the forward assist.
It is useful for two things:
1-bolt does not go into battery due to dirty weapon- forward assist forces bolt into battery.
2-Ride the charging handle forward to chamber a round quietly- forward assist forces bolt into battery.
I have used purpose #2 several times while coyote hunting.
It is not for clearing a fail to feed or extract jam. For those you "slap, rack, bang" to use the military terminology.
Also- purpose #3, you verify a round is chambered by slightly pulling back the charging handle- forward assist forces bolt into battery ;-)
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
Last edited by wyobohunter; January 18, 2013 at 04:04 PM.
Reason: Forgot another purpose