Virginia – If you have a semi-automatic rifle that has a free-floating firing pin, such as an AR-15 or an AKM-47, do NOT drop a round in the breach and let the bolt slam forward!
The only safe way to load the round is to load it from a magazine.
The reason is the rifle’s design counts on the bolt slowing down as it strips the round out of the magazine.
Without a magazine, the bolt won’t slow down and hits full force, possibly allowing the free-floating firing pin to strike the round’s primer hard enough to set it off unexpectedly.
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