I’m seeming to have a difficult time getting my M53 to chamber a round. Every time I rack it back the bolt gets stuck in the rear and the round will not chamber. Not exactly sure as to what is causing this issue.
If you look under the gun where the bolt and the charging handle contact each other you'll see that the bolt has a steel bar welded to the bottom it will be on the left side close to the charging handle . On the charging handle it will have a steel bar that is in contact with the bolts welded bar a lot of times when the gun is converted to semi and the bolt is converted the bolt and the charging handle will jam at the end of the travel when you pull the charging handle to the rear. The charging handle will start to move away from the bolt and jam the two together ,the way to fix it is to ad some weld to both surfaces so they will have more contact and will be less prone to jamming. I built a M53 and had that same problem and thats how I fixed it.I'm assuming this is a semiauto? Are you holding the bolt open when you shut the cover?
I watched Wiselites video on how to load it. The guide rod is also aligned with the bolt when closing. Whenever I do it without ammo the bolt does not slide freely. From hearing other people’s stories it sounds like wiselites just do a thing of their own haha.Ditch the drum
Are you loading per instructions? The semi and full are not the same.
Are you aligning the guide rail and lug on the bolt? Failure to do so results in what you report.
What happens without ammo?
Does the bolt slide freely when you tilt the gun up and down?
Looking at your picture I think you have one of the newer production guns with the milled receiver?I watched Wiselites video on how to load it. The guide rod is also aligned with the bolt when closing. Whenever I do it without ammo the bolt does not slide freely. From hearing other people’s stories it sounds like wiselites just do a thing of their own haha.
One point I remember, never close the top cover with the bolt forward and a live round setting on top of the bolt.Yes it is a semi auto, I have the bolt closed whenever I close the cover as well.
Can you explain how the bolt supposed to move freely? Is this when I am racking it’s supposed to be able to freely move if I hold it back? New to this firearm so forgive me if I state some things wrong.If that’s not a typo, then that’s where you start. If the bolt doesn’t move freely then don’t bother to try to get it to feed.
Yea knew that part. Always put the round to the left of the feed Prawl, close the cover then pull the links through the rest of the way till it clicks in place. At Least this is how the videos show how to do it. Any other way to load it or is this pretty standard?One point I remember, never close the top cover with the bolt forward and a live round setting on top of the bolt.
That will bend the metal piece in the top cover that points the nose of the round downwards when the bolt is stripping the round from the belt and cause a jam.
It happens enough that John Baum was making a gauge to check/adjust that part to the correct angle.
The WLA manual always had you place the loaded belt NEXT to the bolt on the feed tray, close the top cover, draw the bolt to the rear and then run it forward quickly to get a live round loaded into the chamber.
Yes all works fine without ammo and it locks as should. Talked with Russ on the phone and we believe the issue Is a weak main spring. I’ll be getting some of those soon and will see if that fixes the issue.Did you check the bolt and charging handle relationship ? With no ammo in the gun you should be able to rack the bolt all the way to the rear and let the charging handle and the bolt go . It should fly forward and the bolt should lock into the barrel extension.One more thing you can look at is the bar that is welded to the bolt somtimes hits the FCG ,take the grip,FCG, off and try racking the slid back and see if that helps.
If these new WLA M-53's (milled receiver) are basically the same design as the old ones (stamped receivers from Global Machine welded onto the original fronts) you will find that the drive spring is cut short.Yes all works fine without ammo and it locks as should. Talked with Russ on the phone and we believe the issue Is a weak main spring. I’ll be getting some of those soon and will see if that fixes the issue.