AR Experts? Spent case jam.. W/pics


Active Member
Oct 13, 2008
Went to the range this last weekend for the second time with my new DPMS rifle. First time out was 2 months ago. 300 rds of wolf steel case/ no issues/jams at all. took it home cleaned it and put it away.

took it out this time and first shot fired, case jam. cleared it, another jam, cleared it.. another jam. 3 shots 3 jams. Same ammo except for the last round was federal BTHP brass,

As far as i can tell the extractor will not let the case go. No matter what i did i could not pry it out. finally i had to ease the case back into the barrel and just take the upper off and slide the bolt out. as soon as the bolt slides out the case just falls off.


Apr 14, 2009
Johnson county
DPMS is an ammo specific rifle. If I remember, the none chrome barrel needs a special break in.

Looks like wolf ammo. The extractor only grabs shell case, the ejector in the bolt kicks the case out. Check the ejector and spring, may be stuck .


TGT Addict
May 28, 2008
Ft Worth, TX
Can't be sure from the pics. Is the extractor on the correct side? It does not look like it.

And please, jam is for your toast. That is a FTE (Fail to Eject)


Active Member
Mar 2, 2008
It sure looks to me like your bolt is in backwards. The ejector is pushing the case into the action instead of out the ejection port.


Feb 29, 2008
DFW area.....Wylie.
just so i and many others that aren't familiar with the AR's will know...

is it possible to install the bolt backwards/upside down in the carrier...?
Yes, you can install it wrong. It only fits in 2 positions, correct and incorrect (which is 180 degrees off).

See below link for a video of how to disassemble and reassemble it. However, if the OP took it apart to clean, they can do the same, but rotate it 180 degrees this time.
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