Assault Rifle Bolt Catches

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by mebtwisted, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. mebtwisted

    mebtwisted New Member

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    My question is about bolt catch on assault rifles that prevent the bolt group from travelling forward once the magazine is empty--just like a semiauto pistol. I suspect that these were first developed by Stoner on the AR15, and I know that the M16 still uses them, but I was wondering if other weapons used them as well. (I have heard that the Beretta AR 70 series has a similar device, and I saw a video of a Sig 552 which appeared to have a bolt catch.) They seem like a good idea.
  2. Ursus

    Ursus New Member

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    Wellcome mebtwisted!! If you are willing to change the term "assault" rifles for battle or semiauto rifles, the Garand M-1 already had this feature. Prior to it, I´m not sure there was another. Anyway, it was not the AR-15 the first one to have it.
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    DWARREN123 New Member

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    Some use the empty magazine to hold the bolt back when empty.
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    Nighthawk New Member

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    even some bolt action rifle have magazine block when empty
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    southernshooter New Member

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    Welcome MEB
    Most bolt catches are on the magazine not the gun.
    And if a gun doesn't have one usually you can change the magazine or follower and solve that problem
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