Para. 3-2. Immediate action involves quickly applying a possible correction to reduce a stoppage without
performing troubleshooting procedures to determine the actual cause. Apply immediate action only once
for a stoppage. If the rifle fails to fire a second time for the same malfunction, inspect the weapon to
determine the cause of the stoppage or malfunction, and take the appropriate remedial action. The key word
SPORTS will help the firer remember the steps for immediate action:
(1) Slap gently upward on the magazine to ensure that it is fully seated and that the magazine
follower is not jammed.
NOTE: When slapping up on the magazine, be careful not to knock a round out of the magazine
into the line of the bolt carrier, causing more problems. Slap only hard enough to ensure that the
magazine is fully seated. Ensure that the magazine is locked into place by quickly pulling down
on the magazine.
(2) Pull the charging handle fully to the rear.
(3) Observe the ejection of a live round or expended cartridge.
NOTE: If the weapon fails to eject a cartridge, perform remedial action.
(4) Release the charging handle; do not ride it forward.
(5) Tap the forward assist assembly to ensure that the bolt is closed.
(6) Squeeze the trigger and try to fire the rifle.