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by Noggin
Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Help me understand something
Replies: 25
Views: 1600

Re: Help me understand something

I have never done a "press check" on a pistol. If I am in any way unsure about the condition of my pistol then I will fully clear it and reload it. I just now tried out doing a press check on my baby eagle and guess what it put the hammer into "half cock"!!!! That suggests to me that with some weapons a press check only adds another form of risk. I will continue to practice what I previously said.
by Noggin
Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Help me understand something
Replies: 25
Views: 1600

Re: Help me understand something

A few weeks back I think I put a post on this forum where I described an incident from my youth in UK when a friend of mine reassembled his .380acp PPK after cleaning and shot a hole in the wall in front of him. After which we found the bullet on the floor behind us where it passed between us as it bounced out of the masonry. So that might suggest that putting the ammunition well out of the way is probably a good idea, though placing it in another room might be excessive.

Now if you are cleaning the mags as well as the weapon that should not be a problem as you will presumably empty them before or immediately after the stripping of the weapon. Thus refilling any mags should be something you will do post reassembly and should be part of the deliberate process of loading the weapon to prepare it for use.

As for keeping the mags separate from the weapon, well that is not always a practical proposition. Some pistols (the Browning Hi Power for example) have a magazine safety. You need to insert a mag in order to drop the hammer. OK I know it is possible to insert a finger from your non-shooting hand into the mag well and tickle the safety so that the trigger can be pulled, this is actually my preferred method, however not everyone has fingers that are able to do this. Therefore for those weapons having an empty mag available is essential. I suppose if that causes too much concern then take a battered old mag that is no longer reliable remove the spring and follower and keep it for that purpose, maybe paint it white.

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