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Old March 28th, 2016, 06:48 PM   #1
 
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Question New Charger Takedown with FTFs Right Out of the Box

I bought a charger the other day and it was nonfunctional right out of the box. Every round I tried to load by releasing the bolt got 'stuck' on its way into the chamber. Every round. No exceptions. Most were 'fed' so badly that pushing on the bolt wouldn't even push the round the rest of the way in.

I tried different ammo.
I tried different magazines.
I tried breaking it down and lubing it up.
Ditto for the magazines.
I tried tightening the connection between the two halves with the little adjustment knob.

Eventually I replaced the extractor and the little plastic button that holds the magazine in with Kidd versions, and now it almost works. About 2/3rds of the rounds feed successfully. The rounds that do get stuck are noticeably closer to being 'in' than they were before. Since this is up from 0/3rds, I guess I'd consider it a partial success, but it's still not a usable gun imo.

Is there anything else I'm missing that I could try to get me the rest of the way there? Should I have opted for a Volquartsen extractor instead of Kidd? At this point my plan is just to take it to the range and see if this problem works itself out.



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Old April 2nd, 2016, 09:35 AM   #2
 
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After a trip to the range I feel much better about this gun.

It started off pretty much as I described in my original post; maybe even a little worse. But just as I was about to write this gun off as a dud, I got a string of 7 or 8 rounds with no failures. Doesn't sound like much, but it was an improvement. I decided to keep shooting. Things continued to improve on their own. It eventually ran 3 15-round mags and 1 25-round mag with no issues at all. My other 25-round mag apparently has a round stuck in it, but that's not the gun's fault.

So, I'm okay with this gun as long as it continues to perform the way it did on the second half of my range trip. I guess it just needed to get broken in.

For the record, I was using CCI Mini-Mags at the range.
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Old April 29th, 2016, 07:33 PM   #3
 
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Check and see how the extracter lines up with the pocket in the barrel. My extractor was hitting the lip of the pocket and causing issues. I was able to
loosen the 2 screws that hold the take down lock plate on the front of the receiver. After that I was able to move it slightly and obtain better alignment.


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