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Couple of months ago, I was at a local Gun Range trying to sight in my S&W M&P15 AR, and while I was downrange (cold range) putting out a target, I believe one of the Range employees forced my bolt really hard to try to open the action and the dust cover. When I came back to the shooting line, he gave me kind of a funny look, and when I tried to load, the bolt went forward, but a round didn't chamber, then it wouldn't open. I brought the gun home and separated the upper and lower receiver, and tried to remove the BCG, and the bolt was stuck. After spraying it with silicone and tapping on it, with no luck, I eventually (carefully) tried to pry the Bolt back with a screwdriver. After a couple of tries, it finally came loose, and 2 live rounds were crammed together at the breech. One round had the bullet forced into the brass, and powder was spilling out of it.

I cleaned everything thoroughly, inspected it and everything looked OK, so I reassembled it. Went back to the range today, and it seems to chamber a round fine, but when I try to fire, it just goes "click" - no impression on the primer, and no "pew". I need to take it to someone to see if the firing pi is damaged, and make sure it's OK before I try again. Just moved to Crestview from Cantonment a year ago, so I am looking for a recommendation for a local gunsmith to take a look. ANy recommendations?

Thanks in advance!

Ed
 

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I have tried several shops and was disappointed with each. The one I actually liked the most was at BRB Pawn on Main. He is a little strange and I am not sure he is a licensed gunsmith, but he does work on guns.
 

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Howard Mahute is just a short drive to East Milton from Crestview.
He is on topof his game. A really good gunsmith. Call and make an appointment. Do not show up unannounced, he may not be there.
 

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Precision Tactical just south of Antioch on 85 has worked on a couple rifles fer me, they have done good fer me.
 

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Honestly we probably could help you figure out the issue on here. ARs are extremely easy to diagnose and fix. Could you post pictures of your bolt and the bolt face? Also do you know how to take apart the bolt carrier group and bolt?

But from the discription you have describe I bet what is happening is powder somehow ended up inside the bolt where the firing pin is and is causing the firing pin from striking the primer. I have had this happen on a double feed before when I had to mortar the butt stock to get the rounds out. After cleaning everything I found powder inside the bolt blocking the firing pin.
 
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