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Question about AR-15

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Gunner3456, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I've shot thousands of rounds through my AR. I find one thing I don't care for, and am wondering if all AR's are like this?

    I can't get a fresh loaded mag to snap into place if there is a round in the chamber. I have to pull the charging handle and eject the round before I can insert a fresh mag. After that, no problem. I don't care for the feature, because if I'm carrying a dozen mags, and I know the mag in the gun is getting low, I want to change mags sometimes for several reasons.

    Is this normal, and if not, is there something I can do about it?

    Thanks!

    Cliff
     
  2. Crispy

    Crispy WA Member

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    I would ensure only 28 rounds are loaded in the 30 round magazines, this leaves a little more space for the magazine spring to compress making it easier to seat the magazine. Let me know if that doesn't work for you. BTW what manufacture AR / magazines?
     
  3. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Any and all brands of mags, 20 or 30 round, including the Camenga E-Z load. Brands are Del ton, Colt and DPMS. By far most rounds fired are in the Del Ton, but the others do it too.

    Cliff
     
  4. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I always download mine by 1 round as well. It's normal unless you have a really loose AR. You can seat them but you have to smack them so hard it's not worth it.
     
  5. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard Beavertown OreGUN! New Member

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    hit the gym
     
  6. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    What makes you think I need to hit the gym?

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  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Well you might quit dropping them in the doughnut box.
    Or wipe the BBQ sauce off before inserting?
     
  8. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    That just lubes them
     
  9. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I see you're in "Squim." That's beautiful country and for some reason has better weather than its surrounds.

    Cliff
     
  10. hackercat13

    hackercat13 Steilacoom, WA Active Member

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    What brand AR-15 are you using? I have never had that problem, and I have fired both the M-16 and my Colt AR-15. Swapping a partial mag for a fresh one during a lull in firing is part of the drill on any live fire exercise. Try the metal mil-spec mags, if that doesn't fix it, have a gunsmith look it over. A firm push should seat it with a 'click', you should not have to slam it home.
    Chris
     
  11. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Del ton, Colt and DPMS. They all do it with several brands of mags and ammo.
     
  12. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Do you think it matters that they are all pink?

    HELLO-KITTY_AR15RIFLE.jpg
     
  13. hackercat13

    hackercat13 Steilacoom, WA Active Member

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    Nope, I have no problem getting a snug fit from pink ones.
     
  14. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    We were talking about carbines. :laugh:
     
  15. hackercat13

    hackercat13 Steilacoom, WA Active Member

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    Of course, so was I! What were YOU thinking? :angeldevil:
     
  16. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't thinking. I was just reading. :)
     
  17. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Try replacing the followers...I trust my life to the MagPul followers


    I've replaced many of my magazines with the MagPul followers and have never looked back....0 problems with these magazines as well.
     
  18. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    sounds like your mags are loaded to max capacity, which is generally higher than intended capacity. you'll find it doesn't matter if there's a round in the chamber, just if the bolt's closed. whether or not there's a round in the chamber does not effect the position of your carrier. if you want to stuff a full 30 in all your mags, you're gonna have to switch to pmags.
     
  19. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    That makes sense. I'll pull a couple of rounds out of all my mags and try again. I have just one 20 rounder, and all the rest are 30.
     
  20. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    i dont have this problem either. I run 30 in the mag and 1 in the chamber when I varmint hunt walking around the desert or woods all the time... no problem. I use P-mags and have a t15-bdx lower but it should'nt matter. I'm guessing its the tolerances on your lower reciever. Probably off by a hair somewhere. Like my buddies oly arms lower won't even lock-in a p-mag unless you shave the locking tab on the p-mag about 1/8th of an inch. Anyway... It should work for you by hitting the bottom of the mag, sort of smacking the mag up into the well. I've had to do that on an old AR15 I had and its was just stubborn a little like yours sounds like it might be. smack it... The problem you are having is not normal...AR15's are made to withstand 30+1