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Old January 18, 2013, 04:02 PM   #13
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Forward assist

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 ;-)
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Last edited by wyobohunter; January 18, 2013 at 04:04 PM. Reason: Forgot another purpose
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