Bolt Gap - Cocking tube gap check for builders and buyers. by BATTLEMENT ARMS
Whether you are building a Delayed Roller Blowback rifle, or buying one. It is important to know howto check cocking tube gap and bolt gap against each other. We all know that bolt gap is crucial tooperation and safety of the DRB's, CETME or Hk. But, sometimes we fail to realize or remember thatboth work together. On a properly assembled or functioning rifle, as bolt gap decreases with normalwear, cocking tube gap decreases by the exact same amount. Many times, when buying a DRB that iseither used or has been assembled improperly, the bolt carrier can be bottoming out on the cockingtube support, creating false bolt gap and doing damage to the rifle from the bolt carrier impacting thecocking tube support during firing. So, the buyer or builder can check the bolt gap and it appears tobe fine, but if he didn't check the cocking tube gap, he can find out too late that all is not well. Myadvice is that when checking bolt gap the first thing that should be checked is proper cocking tubegap. It does no good to check bolt gap if the bolt carrier is bottoming out on the cocking tubesupport.In the following pics, I try to show how the process works so it can be used by both builders andprospective buyers who may not understand all the crazy terms and actions we DRB nuts blabber onabout.First do a quick look to make sure that the charging lever is fully seated against the cocking tube,and is fully latched over the detent stub.