FAQ – Questions & AnswersCategory: AR-15 FAQWhat is the forward assist for on an AR 15?
Marc asked 2 years ago
Does an AR-15 need a forward assist?

5 Answers
Antony answered 2 years ago

The AR-15 is a gas-operated, semi-automatic rifle. It is one of the most popular rifles in the United States. The forward assist is a button that is located on the upper receiver. When you pushed this button, it helps to push the round into the chamber.

The main purpose of the forward assist is to aid in chambering a round when there is a malfunction preventing the bolt from going fully forward. When you see pictures or movies of someone using their thumb to manually push the rounds into the chamber of an AR, they are attempting to use the forward assist. It’s not meant for that and doing so can damage your weapon.

There are other purposes for forwarding assistance as well such as:

– To ensure a round is fully seated when chambering from a magazine

– To clear a double feed malfunction

– To close the bolt after cleaning when using compressed air

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Ivan Staff answered 2 years ago

The forward assist is a button located on the upper receiver of an AR-15 rifle. When pressed, it forces the charged bolt carrier group (BCG) fully into the battery, ensuring that the weapon is properly loaded and ready to fire.

In addition to loading the weapon, the forward assist can also be used to clear jams. If a round fails to feed properly into the chamber, simply pressing the forward assist will often jar it loose and allow the weapon to continue firing.

While not necessary for the functioning of an AR-15, the forward assist does provide a valuable backup in case of problems with rounds or loading. It’s yet another example of how this versatile and dependable rifle is designed for both reliability and safety.

Lewis Staff answered 2 years ago
The forward assist serves several purposes on an AR-15. Most importantly, it helps to ensure that the round is seated correctly in the chamber. This can be important in both preventing misfires and jams. Additionally, the forward assist can be used to close the bolt carrier group if it does not fully close on its own. This can be due to a variety of factors, including dirt or debris in the action. Finally, some users also find that the forward assist can provide a bit of insurance against manipulation errors that could result in an accidental discharge.
What is the forward assist for on an AR 15?

Jordan Staff answered 2 years ago
The forward assist is a small button that is located on the upper part of an AR-15, near the charging handle. When you press it, it sends a small amount of pressure to the round in the chamber, seating it more securely against the breech face. This can be helpful if you think your round may not be properly seated, or if you are having trouble loading a round into the chamber. It is not necessary to use the forward assist to fire your gun – it is simply there as an added measure of safety.

Cruz Staff answered 2 years ago

The forward assist is a mechanical device on an AR-15 that helps to feed ammunition into the chamber of the rifle. When the bolt carrier group is not fully seated, the forward assist can be used to push it forward, thus “assisting” in the loading process. Additionally, if a round becomes jammed in the chamber, the forward assist can be used to try and clear the jam.