Originally Posted by gunner69skmc
I DON'T think Hi-Point makes an AR, however, I would first try another magazine. Next choice would be to check the ejector spring if it were an AR (or not). There are one hell of a lot of variables for this. Let me know if it is an AR and I will try to post some help.
It was an AR-15/556. I do know that. But on the brand, I wasn't paying much attention when he told me the brand, since I know absolutely nothing about this gun.
I was attentive to his problem, in which I felt bad about not having an answer for him. But like you, I felt that it was like any other semi-auto and there could be several causes. I told him that it could be the ejector or the mag. I am very cautious about what info I give out for fear that it would send them down the wrong road and that is the last thing I would want to do. One thing that made me think of the mag was that he said that he has had the gun for about a year. I have run across a few people who maintain a very clean weapon but fail to realize that the magazine needs maintenance to.
I remember a gunsmith telling me that a good way to tell if I am dealing with a gunsmith, worth his salt, the good smith will tell you up front if they can do the job or not. The good smith will never give information or offer work if they feel that they are not qualified.
With that being said, I have a real passion about firearms and gunsmith work. So the premise for asking this question was for my knowledge, since the chances of running into this guy again are slim and none. I know a little bit about the platforms I use, and if you ask some, I know just enough to be dangerous. But, I want to have as much info as I can with as many platforms as possible. The way I see it, if I can learn as much as I can about weapons such as the AR, A-bolt, and the 1911-A1 platforms I am doing fairly well. My goal is to enroll myself in a gunsmith program with an emphasis in CNC machine work in a school here in Oklahoma.
So I sincerely thank you and all the others that help my knowledge base.