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Troubleshooting

Immediate action in case of trouble…

IF YOUR RIFLE STOPS FIRING: Perform the following immediate actions…

  1. SLAP upward on magazine to make sure it's seated properly.
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  2. PULL charging handle all the way back observe ejection of case or cartridge. Check Chamber for any obstruction.
    WARNING: DO NOT LOAD WITH A HOT CHAMBER. A ROUND MAY “COOK OFF” (meaning it may fire from the heat of the chamber).
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  3. If cartridge or case is ejected or chamber is clear, RELEASE Charging Handle to feed a new round.
  4. TAP Forward Assist.
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  5. Now FIRE..

If the Rifle won't fire, look for trouble and apply remedial action.

Remedial action…

WARNING: If your rifle stops firing with a live round in the chamber of a hot barrel, remove the round fast. However, if you cannot  remove it 10 seconds, remove the magazine and wait 15 minutes with the rifle pointing in a safe direction (always check that the “SAFE” direction remains safe during that time) This way you won't get hurt by a round cooking off.

Regardless, keep your face away from the ejection port while clearing the hot chamber.

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If your rifle still fails to fire after performing steps 1 through 5 above, check again for a jammed cartridge case.

If your rifle still fails to fire, check the troubleshooting section in this manual, or take the rifle to a qualified gunsmith.

Bullet stuck in bore…

WARNING: If an audible “POP” or reduced RECOIL is experienced during firing, IMMEDIATELY CEASE FIRE! Then…

  1. Remove the magazine.
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  2. Lock the bolt to the rear.
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  3. Put selector lever on the SAFE position.
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  4. Check for a bullet in the bore with a cleaning rod.
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Do not apply the IMMEDIATE ACTIONS described previously. If a bullet is stuck in the barrel of the weapon, do not try
to remove it! Take the rifle to a qualified gunsmith.

Troubleshooting (continued)…

Problem... Check For... What To Do...
Won't Fire

Selector lever on SAFE.

Improper assembly of firing pin.






Too much oil in firing pin recess.


Defective ammunition.


Too much carbon on firing pin
or in firing pin recess.


 

Put it on FIRE.

Assemble correctly.
Retaining pin goes in back of
large shoulder on firing pin.

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Wipe out with pipe cleaner.

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Remove and discard.

Clean.
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Bolt Won’t Unlock Dirty or burred bolt Clean or see a qualified gunsmith.
Won’t Extract Broken extractor spring.

Carbon in chamber.

Fouling or carbon in extractor recess or lip.






 

See a qualified gunsmith.

Clean chamber.
 

Clean extractor

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Won’t Feed

Dirty or corroded ammo.

Dirty magazine.

Defective magazine.

Too many rounds in magazine.

Action of buffer assembly is restricted.

Magazine not fully seated.

 

PRESS MAGAZINE CATCH BUTTON ON RIGHT OR LEFT SIDE


 

Clean.

Clean.

Replace.

Take out excess.

Take out buffer and spring; clean them.

Adjust magazine catch.

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Double Feed Defective magazine. Replace.
Won't Chamber

Dirty or corroded ammo.

Damaged ammo.

Carbon in chamber or on gas tube.





 

Clean.

Replace.

Clean.

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Won’t Lock

Dirt, corrosion, or carbon buildup in barrel locking lugs.

Clean lugs.

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Won't Extract Frozen extractor.

Restricted buffer assembly.

Restricted movement of bolt carrier group.

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Remove and clean.

Remove and clean.

Remove, clean, and lube. (Make sure gas tube fits into carrier key and that the carrier moves freely before replacing).





 
Short Recoil

Correct alignment of gaps in bolt rings.








 

Carbon or dirt in carrier key, or on outside of gas tube.





 

Q-tip or pipe cleaner pieces
stuck inside carrier key.


 

“Gaps” in the gas rings should be staggered 120 around the bolt body for maximum effectiveness.

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Clean carrier key, or around area of gas tube.

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Clean out if possible or have rifle checked
by a qualified gunsmith.
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Bolt Fails to
Lock After
Last Round

Dirty or corroded bolt latch.

 

Faulty magazine.

Clean out if possible or have rifle checked by a qualified gunsmith.

Replace.

Selector
Lever Binds
Needs oil.
Dirt or sand under trigger.
Lubricate with CLP.
Clean.
Bolt Carrier
“Hung Up”
Round jammed between bolt and charging handle and/or double feed.
  1. Remove magazine.
  2. Point muzzle in safe direction. Engage safety if possible by pushing out takedown pin and manually cocking hammer. Close receivers.
  3. While pulling down on the charging handle, bang the rifle butt on the ground. Round should eject.

WARNING:

Keep clear of muzzle!

CAUTION:

After round is removed, bolt is under tension! 

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