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Also, chrome lined M16 barrels were implemented in 1965.The problem with the early M16 was that some geniuses at the Pentagon decided to change the powder in 5.56 rounds from stick powder to ball powder, which caused much more fouling. Coupled with the fact that early M16's were placed in service with no cleaning supplies and gear, there were many stoppages in the jungle. I ran many classes and shot a lot of ammo through AR's, and never needed a forward assist to clear a stoppage. A properly maintained and lubed AR with good ammo will run all day. I also think piston driven AR's were the best improvement to come along in years-those guns run clean.
now i know or at least understand..
i don't use mine on the ar 10 as it always bothered me as to its real function
thanksThis is how it was explained to me many years ago. The explanation of the forward assist's role is a response to the question: "If the bolt carrier on my rifle doesn't close on a round during a fire fight what the devil do I do quickly to solve this issue?" The chrome lined barrel and chamber was intended to alleviate this situation: If your rifle's bolt fails to extact a fired casing or attempts to load another live round on said fired casing during an intense episode of close quarter combat you're probably screwed. The explanation seems simple to me!
ouchThe train wreck you can suffer with your AR is a double (or triple) feed. The forward assist can actually make it a worse train wreck by jamming things together. There are a couple ways to clear a double feed but the forward assist (useless appendage) is not involved.
Good article for sure. Only the Pentagon can screw up walking and chewing gum at the same time. I concur, the function is definitely not necessary no less needed. Only way the BCG isn't closing is either there's debris fouling it or a different jam of some type that pushing the BCG closed won't happen anyway.Hello all, here is today's article posted on TheArmoryLife.com. It is titled “What Does the Forward Assist Do?” and can be found at https://www.thearmorylife.com/what-does-the-forward-assist-do/.