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AR-15 Tech: Bolts

Those looking to go “premium” when building or finishing an AR-15 often look at an upgraded bolt carrier group. The primary functioning part in that group is the bolt assembly. The carrier body, as long as it is true USGI-standard specification, will give reliable and correct service. Sure, plated premium carriers are nice, mostly because they clean up much easier. Likewise, a higher-dollar carrier won’t make or break your gun, but a sub-standard bolt might.

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AR-15 Tech: Extraction and Ejection Tips and Tricks

Getting the rounds into your AR-15 is the first step, but getting them back out again is just as important. When a cartridge case fails to eject, the place shooters often look is the extractor. That’s not a bad idea, but the extractor may be the symptom and not the cause. This article examines troubleshooting and correcting extraction and ejection issues and how to address them. It also gives a few tips to make your AR run smoother.