The basic CF drills do teach to use the bolt catch on reloads. Gunfighter and other drills use the cocking handle for above reasons
I have the PAMs on my computer(did PLQ a couple months ago, so I have them all)
Immediate Action. Explain and demonstrate with the class imitating. If the rifle fails to
fire or stops firing the immediate action is to cant the rifle to the left and look in the ejection port
at the position of the bolt:
a. If the bolt is at the rear -
(1) Check for an empty magazine and change magazines.
(2) Operate the bolt catch and push the forward assist assembly.
(3) Re-aim and continue firing.
And PWT 4 Gunfighter
YouTube - ‪Canadian Forces Gunfighter Shooting Package‬‏