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Old August 30, 2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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AR-15 question : Is the charge handle supposed to retract ?

I have never owned or shot a AR-15 and just traded for a DPMS model A-15 but he said in order to load a round you pull back on the handle and then push the button on the left side of the lower to make it retract and load round.

It seemed kinda odd but for the deal I did not think much about it at the time.

The gun looks like new and is a factory build, claims less than 500 down the chute.

Enlighten a noob.

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Old August 30, 2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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No, the handle does not retract if the BCG has been locked back -- you have to slide it forward. With a loaded mag in place you just pull back and realese though. The handle and BCG slide closed together. The button on the left hand is to release the BCG IF it has been locked back by an empty mag, or you pressed "the button on the left side" to lock it back manually, when there was no mag (or a loaded on in place), and you have subsequently inserted a loaded mag.

Make sense?

Wish I could show ya -- maybe there is a YouTube video on it!?

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Old August 30, 2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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Yes, perfect explanation.

Thank you sir.

Now to get time to hit the range !
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Old August 30, 2013, 08:09 PM   #4
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Google (or whatever) "AR-15 Manual". You will enjoy your rifle more once you know it's secrets. Hint- they like lubrication.
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Old August 30, 2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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Yes learn how to lube it...I keep my BCG wet with Mobile 1..others use different lubes.

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Old August 30, 2013, 08:50 PM   #6
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Whatever you not "ride the charging handle home" or you will quickly learn what the forward assist is for. Either pull the charging handle all the way back and let it slam home or use the bolt release to lock the bolt back then just push the bolt release to let the bolt slam home with the charging handle already forward.
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Old August 30, 2013, 09:57 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice everyone, will do.
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Old August 31, 2013, 11:19 AM   #8
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the bolt release actually has two parts, a lower section that looks kindof like a little hook and the larger upper portion. when you pull the charging handle to the rear you press and hold the lower portion as you release tension on the charging handle, this locks the bolt to the rear. once the bolt is locked you push the charging handle the rest of the way forward until it clicks in place. from then on everything is operated by the recoil spring with the charging handle remaining locked in the forward position.
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