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Old September 7, 2012, 12:10 PM   #21
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I check and see the bolt didn't close fully ok no problem I use the forward assist and close the bolt only now I can't fire I already dropped the hammer. Need to cycle the bolt again. So what purpose did the FA serve. Seems only useful on first loading before you pull the trigger?
The FA will not reset the firing pin, that is not its job. If you hear a click but no bang, it is the same as if you had it with a pistol. You have to work the action to reset the hammer and clear the "bad" round. The forward assist's job is to close the bolt if you pull the trigger and nothing happens (not in battery). In that situation, the FA will close the bolt, and the firing pin is still set for you to pull the trigger again.
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