The bolt and bolt carrier are often referred to as the “action” of the AR-15 rifle. The bolt carrier not only houses the bolt, but it also resets the hammer as it moves back and forth within the upper receiver. These essential AR-15 parts take quite a beating, and heavy use can subject them to extreme wear. Worn-out bolts and bolt carriers are problematic, as they will significantly reduce the reliability of your AR-15 rifle.
There are two basic bolt carrier configurations: an AR-15 style (AKA Semi-Auto) and an M16 style (AKA Full-Auto). The M16 style has full mass at its tail while the AR-15 style’s bottom is cut out. One thing to keep in mind is that although the M16 bolt carrier has been referred to as “Full Auto,” it doesn’t actually make your AR fully automatic.
The M16 style bolt carrier is slightly heavier than its AR-15 counterpart. Since the M16 style bolt carrier is heavier, it has a slower cycling rate, which helps your rifle function more reliably and reduce felt recoil. The AR-15 style bolt carrier is lighter, which increases the cycling rate. This will benefit someone who wants to have a “racegun.” A “racegun” is usually modified for speed in competition, but it might require some gas tuning to make it function reliably.
Wing Tactical Is Your Source for Durable Bolts and Bolt Carriers
If you’re looking to replace the bolt and/or bolt carrier on your AR-15 rifle, you’ll want to choose durable products that can stand the test of time. Wing Tactical offers an extensive selection of AR-15 bolts and bolt carriers, as well as firing pins and gas rings. You’ll also find complete M16 and AR-15 bolt carrier groups (BCGs) that include bolts, carriers, gas keys, cam pins, extractors and firing pins. All M16 and AR-15 BCG, bolts, and bolt carriers come from top manufacturers including:
Black Rain Ordinance
Phase 5 Tactical
You Can Count on the Quality of the AR-15 Bolt and Bolt Carrier Products We Sell
Because of the essential role that the bolt and bolt carrier play in the proper operation of your AR-15 rifle, it is critical to choose products that offer superior quality. At Wing Tactical, you’ll only find products made from durable, reliable materials and finishes such as nickel boron, electroless nickel and phosphate. We don’t offer any product for sale that we wouldn’t use ourselves.
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