As Carteach learns the way of the AR, details begin to emerge. See, all the AR platforms in my past have been new up to this point. 'Fixing' them has not been an issue.
This newest stallion in the stable is anything but new. When I first took it into my grubby little hands, I had serious concerns regarding the bore. It appeared shot out. What it was... in fact... was so heavily copper fouled the rifling looked weak. An hour or two with Hoppes copper fouling cleaner and a few good bore brushes later... and the rifling looked darned good.
Function checking did eventually reveal an issue. Sometimes, rarely, but sometimes.... if the charging handle was eased forward the bolt carrier stopped half way through the receiver, as shown here:
Now, if one releases the handle, all is well. When shooting, no issues surface. It's only when the bolt is allowed to slowly go forward that any problem shows, and even then it's one in a dozen times. That said..... a problem is a problem and indicates something not up to spec. Thus, the rifle was field stripped and carefully examined (With help from the AR gurus at the rifle match). No problems at all were found, except this wear on the bolt carrier:
and of course that explains the issue perfectly (I TOLD you it was a well used unit).
So the Fat Man needs an AR bolt carrier. Preferably, an M-16 carrier as it weighs in an ounce or so heavier than the AR-15 version. I'd like to slow the action speed just a smidge, and a little extra weight there would just suit the purpose.
So... the question: Does anyone know a good seller who has an M-16 bolt carrier in stock?
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