Can You Fix These Gun Problems?

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Annette Parks

6 Min Quiz

Most gun problems can be prevented by. . . ?

Proper cleaning and maintenance will help you to avoid the most common gun problems. Prevention goes a lot further than you think when it comes to your firearm.

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Before troubleshooting a gun problem, what is the first thing you should do?

Unload your gun!!!!! Please, please, please. It's all about safety, and that means unloading your gun before you troubleshoot anything!

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What do you spray on the gun before removing the​ bolt and carrier for inspection?

Penetrating oil should be sprayed on the gun before inspecting the bolt and carrier. This is particularly smart when the weapon has overheated. Allow it to cool while the oil penetrates it.

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Where is the firing pin in your weapon?

To replace your firing pin, you need to remove the bolt. Place the new pin inside the bolt, then place the bolt back in your gun.

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Should you discard an old magazine?

Don't discard an old magazine, as you might be able to use it in the future. At least the functional parts!

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When you have a bad primer . . . ?

A common cause of a gun that won't fire is a bad primer. Look for splits and indentations on the primer. A bad primer can also cause delayed firing.

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What are punches?

Punches are necessary for driving pins that hold your gun together. Brass punches are ideal so they don't mar the steel.

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Where should the barrel be pointing when unloading a tube magazine from a shotgun?

This is of the utmost importance. Especially when unloading a semi-auto or pump shotgun. Safety first!

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What is a glock tool?

You use a glock tool to get pins in and out, especially on polymer frames. It can also be used to disassemble a magazine.

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After repairing, be sure to clean, lubricate and ______ of the gun?

You want to work the action after you've successfully repaired it. This should be done following the cleaning and lubricating.

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What's a common reason why guns won't feed ammo?

When the ammo isn't going in right, there's a good chance that the gun is dirty. You need to clean and lubricate it at once!

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What's wrong when a gun won't shoot a round from the extractor?

Most commonly, the extractor is damaged when it won't extract a round. You need to definitely consult your user manual for removal and replacement instructions necessary​ for your particular gun.

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Which of these is an ammo material?

These are all ammo materials. Steel is cheapest, but is subject to erosion. Nickel plated has more corrosion resistance.

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Gun problems are usually. . . ?

Although it seems complicated, most gun problems are quite basic and simple! With a good tool kit and the right information, you can fix most problems by yourself.

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A 10-gauge bullet is used for what kind of gun?

A 10-gauge bullet is a BIG bullet. This can only be used in a shotgun and a very large one at that!

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How do semi-auto pistols drop a magazine?

When unloading your semi-auto, it's going to drop the magazine clear onto the ground. Rifles will do the same.

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How do you unload a semi-auto shotgun?

You get the bullets out by working the bolt backwards and forwards. Always check to make sure the barrel is empty when done.

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What natural element can ruin your ammo?

If your gun isn't firing, there's a chance that the ammo is damaged by water. You may need to get a waterproof container for your ammo.

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Can overheating keep your gun from unlocking?

Too much heat can lock your gun and make it hard to unlock. Always store your gun in a cool, dry place to prevent this.

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Why might a bolt handle not go all the way down in a bolt action​ rifle?

It's often the case that the bolt handle was not properly assembled. Remove the handle for inspection, and check your owners manual to make sure it was properly assembled.

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What's wrong when you hear a faint metal-snapping sound when you pull the trigger?

This is definitely not a good thing to hear, and no one wants a broken pin. You need to replace the pin with a new one from your spare parts kit.

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Which of these signifies bad ammo?

Both bent cases and projectiles signify bad ammo. Make sure that you discard this at once, as it is no good.

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What will a broken brass case cause?

When you have a broken brass case, this will cause the gun to not feed ammo. You need to use a broken case removal tool to solve this problem.

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What is slam fire?

When your gun fires multiple times with one pull, you got slam fire. To prevent this, you may need to polish the feeding ramp in the chamber.

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How does the old adage “Measure twice, cut once” pertain to guns?

This old adage means that you should know what you're doing before you do it. Before you tweak your gun in any way, make sure you're making the right move.

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What is one of the many outcomes of using bad lubricant?

Bad lubricant is a bad idea. Of the many problems you'll encounter, one is that the gun bolt will not unlock. Consult your manual to make sure you're using the right lube.

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When troubleshooting your bolt, be sure to look for. . . ?

All of these things will pose a problem for your gun. It often results in a gun bolt that won't lock up.

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How do you remove marks from your feeding ramp?

This will usually do the trick when polishing your feeding ramp. When you have those little marks it will result in a gun that does not feed ammo.

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Slam fire can be found in?

Slam fire is only found in semi-automatic weapons. Usually cleaning your weapon thoroughly will resolve this issue.

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How do you repair a tiny, James Bond-style gun?

Those little guns that you see in the movies do really exist! If you own one, there's a very good chance that you're going to need to take it to a gunsmith, as there's little information about how to fix it yourself.

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Where do you find the magazine spring?

The magazine spring is at the bottom of the grip. The magazine is above that and behind the barrel.

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Where is the chamber on your handgun?

The chamber, where the bullet sits, is sandwiched between the barrel and the decocking lever. It's also just above the recoil spring.

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What kind of hammer do you need in your gunsmithing kit?

A brass hammer is required for your gunsmithing kit. It does not mar the steel of your firearm because it's softer.

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Which of these is a type of threadlocker?

Blue is a tight threadlocker, but Red is even stronger and requires heat to remove. These are essential for keeping screws in place in your firearm.

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About This Quiz

Guns have complicated mechanisms, and sometimes, things go wrong. You don't have to be a certified gunsmith to fix some of the most common problems. In this quiz, we're going to test your knowledge of how to fix gun problems! (Please use guns responsibly. Guns used recklessly often can't be fixed and injuries may result.)

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