How to Clear a Jammed BB in an Airgun

Oh no. It happened. A BB jammed in your barrel and you have no idea how to fix it. Worry no more, because we have a few steps that you can use to fix that stuck BB in a jiffy.

Clear The Gun of Any Unused Ammunition

Clearing the gun as much as you can will help to ready the gun to be treated, help to keep you safe, and open the pathways that the ammunition travels to be used to extract it.

Slowly Insert a Rod Into the Barrel

If you have a brass rod just under the diameter of the barrel, that would be ideal, as this keeps the rod aimed in the right direction, and keeps the rod from jamming in between the barrel and the BB. You can use any rigid rod that will fit though, but again, this may not be ideal.

Continue sliding the rod in until it meets the BB.

Lightly Tap the End of the Rod With a Hammer

Once your rod has met the BB in the barrel, lightly tap the end of it with a hammer. This will loosen the BB, and push it back into the chamber of your gun.

Clear the Chamber

If you have a gun in which the chamber is easily accessible, then you are in luck, and can just open the breech and pull it out from there. If you are not so fortunate, then you may have to remove the barrel of the gun, find some other way to open the gun up, or magically shake and shimmy the BB away from the chamber and out of the gun.

A BB pistol with a magazine should have a piece inside that opens up to accept a BB into the chamber. If your gun is clear of CO2 and the magazine, then while holing the gun up at an angle, pull the trigger, and the BB should fall out through that piece.

A gun like the Daisy Red Ryder will be a bit tougher. The gun works by collecting BB’s from a reservoir through a channel, and then chambering them with a magnetic bolt.

You could theoretically put a BB into the barrel from the muzzle and then shake and shimmy it through the gun and out of the loading hole, but because of that magnetic bolt it won’t work. If you jostled the gun hard enough, then you could clear the BB, and work it backward.

Remove the Barrel

If you find yourself unable to clear the BB from the chamber, then you may need to take the barrel off. Just know that BB guns are not always meant to be taken apart, and that doing so may void the warranty. If you are not comfortable with this, try to find someone in your area who can do so for you.

You can remove the barrel by either disassembling the rear of the gun, which will open up the powerplant, which can then be removed, or by genlty unscrewing the barrel .

You may also find that your barrel cannot be removed, nor can your powerplant, making it such that you cannot remove a jammed BB, and need to get help or support from the manufacturer.

Tanner Rydalch

Hey there, I'm Tanner. I grew up in Idaho, where there is plenty of space for shooting. I think Airguns can be a lot of fun and are a great introduction to firearms.

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