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So um... Total :noob: question. Whats the forward assist for on the AR-15? I've also heard on PDTV that you shouldn't really use it.
 

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Ty said:
So um... Total :noob: question. Whats the forward assist for on the AR-15? I've also heard on PDTV that you shouldn't really use it.
not to use it huh??? I dont know of any reason not to use it...

it helps push the bolt all the way forward
If your bolt is not well lubed up or gunked up, like it can get in the field/combat, it will not go all the way for ward and fire

I have an SP1 AR and a brand new one, the SP1 does not have a forward assist on it. Once have I had to physically push on the bolt to get it forward.
On the new bushmaster since its new and there is no wear and everything on it is a nice sung fit after a few days of shooting it and not cleaning it up the bolt would stick, and I had to use the forward assist.

The bolt has little notches on it for the forward assist to catch to help pust it forward, the older bolts do not.

hope that helps some
 

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FBMG Smithy said:
If the action and chamber is dirty enough the round will stick before it gets all the way in the chamber (rarely happens). Just slap the forward assist and you are back in business.
As Joe says, unless your gun is either a piece of crap, or extremely dirty, you RARELY use the forward assist. I have never had to use mine while firing. In fact I don't know if I would even think to use it, as I have ZERO practice doing it and have never had the need. Just keep your gun clean.
 

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The forward assist originate it Vietnam and Korea where conditions often led to a lot of failures to fully chamber. With better precision today, the forward assist should today, especially in guns that are treated well. It's till not a bad idea to train to hit it first if you to have a failure to fire.
 

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It's till not a bad idea to train to hit it first if you to have a failure to fire.
Rack, Tap, Bang! :ROFL: some of you might get this...

if it does not fire or at the first rack to chamber a round, rack it (chamber a round), tap the assist (usualy with the palm of your hand while going for the trigger), and pull the trigger BANG!

I do it all the time out of habbit
 
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