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subrosa
09-07-2010, 11:45 PM
What is the general wisdom with loading a mag into an empty AR-15?

Would you normally lock the bolt back, load the mag, then hit the bolt release?

or

would you load the mag, then charge the weapon?

With the bolt closed I seem to see the round pop out of the mag prior to the bolt coming forward (when I pull the charging handle fully rearward), this seems to lead to some FTF(eed) at least using dummy rounds/spent cases.

This AR has seen 400 or so trouble free rounds, but I have only loaded mags with the bolt in the full reward position.

killshot44
09-08-2010, 12:02 AM
What is the general wisdom with loading a mag into an empty AR-15?

Would you normally lock the bolt back, load the mag, then hit the bolt release?


Yes.

vta
09-08-2010, 1:21 AM
ARs are notorious for being hard to seat the mag when it is fully loaded. lock it back to make seating the mag easier on yourself. get a Magpul BAD lever if you want to simplify things.

Bhobbs
09-08-2010, 7:55 AM
I load my Ar with the bolt back. Why go through the extra step?

Mute
09-08-2010, 8:01 AM
I also load with a locked back bolt. My procedure is to release bolt. Release mag and visually (or by touch) verify that a round was stripped, re-seat the mag and verify that it's firmly and properly locked in.

ENDO
09-08-2010, 8:40 AM
I also load with a locked back bolt. My procedure is to release bolt. Release mag and visually (or by touch) verify that a round was stripped, re-seat the mag and verify that it's firmly and properly locked in.

This^^^^^

evidens83
09-08-2010, 10:25 AM
Open bolt

Sniper3142
09-08-2010, 10:35 AM
The easiest way if you have a fully loaded magazine is with the bolt locked back.

But either method should work just fine. Neither method should cause any more failures than the other if done properly.

bohoki
09-08-2010, 10:54 AM
open bolt unless the mag is downloaded 1

CrippledPidgeon
09-08-2010, 6:36 PM
This AR has seen 400 or so trouble free rounds, but I have only loaded mags with the bolt in the full reward position.

Don't fix what ain't broken :P

evolixsurf
09-08-2010, 7:16 PM
the first mag I load bolt closed and the rest opened. Never had a problem.