AR-15 Jammed By Bee

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We have all been out at the range enjoying a nice afternoon with our AR-15 when BAM, your rifle jams. Most of the time these malfunctions are pretty standard, but Youtube user AregularGuy experienced a malfunction caused by an entirely unexpected source.

A bee. While at a training class the shooter encountered a wandering bee that found its way into the chamber. Needless to say, this screwed up his drill a bit, watching him run through his remedial action drills was nothing short of frustrating.

As the other shooters were finishing their drill, the man behind the rifle runs into serious issues and spends far longer than I expected to try to get the rifle to run. Eventually, the instructor steps in and tells him to take the rifle apart to diagnose the issue more effectively. Once the rifle is broken down, they quickly spot a bee smashed into the locking lugs preventing the bolt from locking properly. If your range day has to be cut short, at least it was cut short in an interesting manner.

Take a look at the video below. I wasn’t able to spot the bee on the way into the rifle; maybe you will have better luck.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Tritro29

    Soo does this mean it failed the bee-test? Was it a knock-off bee?

  • Oaf

    The bee was probably in the Tula ammo he was shooting.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Considering the problems with Tula I’ve seen I wouldn’t be sure it was the bee! haha

      • CavScout

        True that. The stuck case probably has nothing to do with the bug.

  • NearlyTree

    Oh No! Shouldn’t have been Bee boppin’

  • Carlos Velazquez

    To cry or rejoice, the conundrum of a tree hugging liberal.

  • ryan

    I rate this rifle -B

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Weird, would have called it a B+

      • David Williams

        Winner, winner, chicken (honey glazed) dinner!!!!

  • Blackhawk

    I’m waiting for the next wave of Youtube “tests” where people start jamming bees into the chambers of their rifles to see if it will still run…

    • iksnilol

      please jam wasps instead.

      • marine6680

        Wasps can go to hell… Bees are good.

        • iksnilol

          I know, that’s why it’s better to jam wasps instead of bees.

          • marine6680

            Exactly!

            Bees are dying off enough anyway,

      • TJbrena

        We’re losing bees here in the US. Nobody will miss some wasps.

        Seriously though, stuffing pissed off wasps into rifles should be a thing.

        • iksnilol

          That’s why I said to jam wasps instead of bees.

        • PK

          If we can figure out how to use them as projectiles, wasps would work just fine.

          Bees are fuzzy and they’re our friends.

        • Darren Hruska

          Sadly enough, there actually is far too many morons out there that truly believe wasps/hornets/yellow jackets are “poor and defenseless” and actually think they pollinate (like bees do).

          • Old Vet

            Yeah, defenseless my butt, one sent me into a short coma one time on a tractor. I woke up with the tractor banging itself into an oak tree. Thank GOD for seat belts.

      • Sasquatch

        Yes we really need the bees. Wasp are stinging violent little muchers.

        • Bob

          I used to shoot wasps with a Red Ryder BB gun as a kid. My mother used a clothesline and they would try to chew on the clothespins, so they were pretty easy to get. The ultimate challenge was to take them out of the air though…

      • Major Tom

        Yes please use those good-for-nothing sacks of worthlessness. The only good wasp is a dead wasp.

        • David Williams

          If I remember correctly, some of the folks who muzzle load say that wasp nests (the papery ones, not the muddy ones) work very well as wadding to hold the ball/bullet in the barrel. Just sayin’, the wasps aren’t totally useless, and to use the nest you have to destroy it. So, there’s that.

  • GPSrulz

    In Russia we use bees as lubricant.

    • CountryBoy

      That’s why the “bee’s knees” don’t squeak!

  • valorius

    SPORTS!!!

    • Major Tom

      You’ll bee good at them.

      • valorius

        You do not understand 😉

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        Powerthirst?

        • Major Tom

          ROCKET EDITION!

  • Simon Spero

    “Just need to work a few bugs out. ”

    • noob

      it’s enough to give you hives

      • B-Sabre

        You should bee-have.

    • Old Vet

      Wouldn’t wanna bee him.

    • CountryBoy

      A honey of a problem, and he just had to wing it after that…

  • Kebab_Remover

    Wow what a crap design of a rifle.

  • Black Dots

    Oh, the humanibee!

  • TJbrena

    EDF! EDF! EDF!

  • Graham2

    I guess I just watched a real Bee Movie!

  • 🐒👊

    Totally BEE-TARDED!

  • InfiniteGrim

    I have a hard time believing this… The bee was in there… the round fully chambered and was fired….but then the bee caused a failure to extract??? Doesn’t make sense, since he picture clearly shows a round thats been fired still in the chamber. If the bee was big enough to cause issues, how did the round fully chamber in the first place?

    • Risky

      Looks like to tapped the forward assist to seat a round after a couple attempts to chamber a new round failed to go into battery. I bet that using the FA just force mashed the bee guts all in the chamber and glued the round in place. Definitely unexpected… maybe his extractor is all worn out too?

    • Mr Mxyzptlk

      To me it looked like it was stuck in the locking recesses rather than the chamber itself. My guess is that the round chambered but the extractor failed to pull it out, and then because of the bee corpse in the locking recess when the bolt was cycled it could never travel forward enough for the extractor to hook over the rim and get a grip on the case to pull it out. Or, there are just small bits of bee that got dragged into the chamber with the round which in effect made it slightly out of spec so it jammed in there on firing.

    • Evan

      Doesn’t look to me like the round is fully chambered. I see a bit sticking out. As for the dented primer, that could just be from chambering as opposed to actually firing.

      • InfiniteGrim

        That is definitely a fired round. Too deep of a mark, plus because of the AR’s design, it would be impossible for the firing pin to contact the primer unless it was fully chambered.

        • Evan

          Not necessarily. I’ve had a similar stoppage, there was no obstruction like a bee, but the bold lugs kind of half locked and the round never fully chambered. The primer was deeply dented, but the round never went off.

  • Cal S.

    Poor lil’ bee. Probably attracted by the veggies in that Fireclean.

  • Riot

    Russians: hah rifle jammed by puny little bee!!
    Politicians: Evil assault rifles are the cause of the endangered bee population!

  • Dave Y

    nobody else has said it, so I will…

    AK47 would chamber cartridge and bee, fire just fine. AR15? Nyet.

    😛

    • Burst

      Was my thinking as well. Considering we have a video up of an AK digesting a chicken sandwich, where would that bee have to go?

      • Zachary marrs

        Locking lugs are not the same thing as the bolt raceway

    • Art out West

      That’s what I thought as well. The AK, the SKS, or the Mosin wouldn’t be stopped by a bee.
      I still love my AR15 (but love my AK, SKS and Mosin too)

    • CountryBoy

      What’s the ballistic coefficient of a bee? How much holdover should I use?

  • lol

    I wonder if the forward assist would have been enough to displace the bee fragments.

    • DIR911911 .

      he tried that , only thing getting it out of the way is going to be a cleaning rod to push out the bullet and a brush to sweep out the bee carcas

      • CommonSense23

        A good multi too could probably fix it without breaking down. I had a serta round get jammed in just like that.

  • tony

    An AK would just keep on going

  • Sasquatch

    Cue the brass case only snobs.

  • Jonathan Wright

    that’s got to bee annoying…

  • JayHu

    To Bee or not to Bee. That is the question.

    Seriously though, imagine if that dude was in full up combat when that happened and got killed because of it.

  • A few years ago at the range a bee tried to climb into my rifle’s A2 handguard. He made it halfway in before I shook him out. Lesson learned: don’t use closed handguards with bee-sized holes.

  • Uniform223

    Bees not only make rifles malfunction but they can also bring down mult-million dollar high tech fighter jets…

    https://theaviationist.com/2016/08/11/f-22-raptor-grounded-by-swarm-of-20000-bees/

  • DanGoodShot

    That’ll put a sting in your day. Un-bee-lievable. Guess I should start keeping an EpiPen in my cleaning kit. Who knew ARs have bee allergies. Thats gotta bee frustrating. Ok… I’ll buzz of now…

  • Kzr Soze

    Gives me the heebee jeebees just looking at it

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    And now the government will say that guns are killing our bees.

  • ChristianC

    “All skill is in vain when an angel pees in the flintlock of your musket.”

  • CupAJoe

    Bee-ware

  • Nattleby .

    This would only happen to an AR…

  • Rooftop Voter

    Well, I’ll bee darned!

  • Mazryonh

    Looks like the chamber choked on a bug.

    That must’ve really stung.

    And someone needs to add the infamous “Not the bees, not the bees!” clip from Nicolas Cage’s The Wicker Man film to this blog entry as if that was what the rifle was saying when it malfunctioned.

  • B. Young

    If it was honey bee whatever, but if was a bumble bee you should be ashamed of yourself, they’re like the size of a .45acp and you didn’t see it coming???

  • Cottersay

    That’s why I use an AK…

  • jcitizen

    Mud dauber wasps loved my M2 heavy barrel too. If they found a hole in the canvas cover, they’d have it packed full, before I could catch them in the act.

  • A Curmudgeon

    All this (pretty durned good, most of it) commentary and nothing about how the AR’s BC makes it IMPOSSIBLE

  • A Curmudgeon

    sTUPID touchpad!!!
    IMPOSSIBLE to break the rifle open if it is jammed just a little tiny bit back into the buffer tube.

    Inherent design defect IMO. My plan is to acquire the next AR in a configuration that uses the twin recoil springs in the upper. You know, the folding stock variant. Saw this immense problem first-hand when a friend’s AR had a double-feed with the top round rather solidly jammed into the rear of the gas tube. Took more than five minutes to clear that one, with some creative multi-tool usage.