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Old October 29th, 2016, 06:59 PM   #1
 
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Got back from a weekend of shooting had a great time up until we were getting ready to wrap it up. I had just finished firing a new AR and made a comment to my friend that it had a stiff trigger, had he asked if he could try it, I told him sure. Dropped the magazine locked the bolt to the rear, looked into the chamber to make sure it was empty ( he looked also) and then handed it to him . He aimed it at the sky closed the bolt, pulled the trigger and it went "BANG". Scared the $;&??! out of both of us. Still can't figure out how I missed that round, just thankful that we both try to be safety minded and he was pointing it in a safe direction.

Moral is be safe and take nothing for granted.



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Scary story, but at least it had a happy ending (nobody hurt), & that's what's important.

Even in daylight it's hard to look through the ejection port of an AR & see the back of a round in the chamber. One way to help keep this from happening again is to make it standard practice to vigorously pull & release the charging handle at least 3 times before you lock the bolt to the rear instead of just locking the bolt to the rear.
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The AR-15 chamber is not an easy one to clear visually as you found. My usual procedure is to drop the mag, rack the action a couple of times before locking it back, and then slip my finger into the ejection port to feel for a case. Then I look into the chamber area to confirm it is clear before releasing the bolt. Glad you were being safe and the shot only scared you. You are far from the first shooter to have a live round "hide" in the action of a semi-auto weapon. Other action types can fool you too. A friend's son shot a hole in his foot with an "unloaded" lever-action .357, and another friend blew a hole in my hunting camp's wall with a bolt-action .300 Win Mag as he put it in it's gun case.
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The AR-15 chamber is not an easy one to clear visually as you found. My usual procedure is to drop the mag, rack the action a couple of times before locking it back, and then slip my finger into the ejection port to feel for a case.
It's your finger, but I wouldn't put mine in an AR ejection port. One small bump or jar, or something accidentally pushing the bolt release, & that bolt w/ sharp edges is going to *SLAM* on your finger. That could easily result in a trip to the ER.
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Yes, I am careful not to trip the bolt release. The action spring strength would make that a painful mistake. That reminds me of a time about 25yrs ago when I first bought my M1 Garand. Now there's a serious recoil spring! I hadn't gotten the disassembly manual yet and was just wiping down the rifle with an oily patch. I locked the bolt back and stuck my finger in the action to wipe it out. Guess who found the bolt release the hard way? I didn't go to the ER, but it took a couple of weeks for that finger to heal!
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Were you able to deal with the issue of the stiff tigger afterwards?
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Were you able to deal with the issue of the stiff tigger afterwards?

Not yet going to do some research it, hopefully I can find a good drop in trigger
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Most people toss them in the garbage. But that's where those chamber flags come in handy.
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