Originally Posted by ctyankee
With no magazine in the Mini-14 and with the bolt locked back can you manually chamber a round and then release the bolt like you can with a manual bolt-action rifle? I'm just wondering if the bolt will properly seat over the round and if this would be safe to do? Just curious.
On the garand style guns (Like the M1 Garage, and the M14) this is a BAD THING to do. (Mini is based off this action)
When the rounds are in the magazine, the bolt comes forward, and grabs a round out of the magazine/clip and this results in slowing the bolt down.
Now if you remove the mag/clip and put in a round in the chamber and let the bolt slam forward, you can run the risk of a slam fire with the garand style guns (It may set the round off before your bolt is locked in). I've never heard of a Mini-14 running into this, but I personally WILL NOT do this. (I do own a Springfield M1A).
If I want to manually load 1 round, I put it in a magazine, and let the bolt strip it off.
If I don't have a mag handy, I will put a bullet in the chamber, grab the bolt, manually push it 3/4 the way and let it fly the last 1/4 on its own. This will not allow the bolt to slam forward with full force.
Last edited by Dacotua; 01-07-2010 at 00:06.