Range courtesy question


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Kael
July 24, 2007, 12:01 PM
Apologies if this is the wrong place...

I recently acquired an AMT backup in .45. Its the only gun I own that the slide doesn't lock back.

So when at the range, how do I show that its clear? just case it when not in use? or is there another technique?

thanks,

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MikeH
July 24, 2007, 12:03 PM
An empty cartridge on the ejection port will usually do.

rangerruck
July 24, 2007, 12:09 PM
that...by the way, are you saying it doesnt even have a hole for a slide catch release lever?

40SW
July 24, 2007, 12:10 PM
"An empty cartridge on the ejection port will usually do." +1

Myself
July 24, 2007, 12:13 PM
Some ranges use a length of bright plastic cord, such as an orange weed wacker cord, placed in the barrel and out the ejection port.

Kael
July 24, 2007, 12:27 PM
I'll use the empty casing then, thanks. its not for when the range is clear (I would case it in that event) but for while I set it down for loading magazines, etc.


rangerruck,
it does not appear to have any slide lock mechanism or hole at all.

The Lone Haranguer
July 24, 2007, 12:32 PM
How about a piece of wood whittled to shape to wedge in the ejection port, with its protruding end painted in a bright color?

strat81
July 24, 2007, 12:39 PM
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=535054

One of my local ranges requires shooters to use one of those. They sell them for $1 and they're yours to keep. I use them all the time, even when I'm at a different range.

ETA: http://www.bushmaster.com/shopping/dcm/sb16f.asp
Just in case you have an AR-15!

GRIZ22
July 24, 2007, 02:04 PM
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=535054

One of my local ranges requires shooters to use one of those. They sell them for $1 and they're yours to keep. I use them all the time, even when I'm at a different range.


These are required at CMP rifle matches even with the bolt back. They are basically one size fits all and tells someone from a distance that the action is open which an empty case won't.

tegemu
July 24, 2007, 02:27 PM
Our range requires one of those Midway yellow chamber empty indicators like grizz22 and strat81 suggested. One must be in every uncased firearm. You can buy them at the range at a discount.

TX1911fan
July 24, 2007, 03:43 PM
My Otis cleaning kit came with a bright orange hook that can be used as an open chamber indicator as well. It has the added benefit of capturing light to allow one to check the barrel also.

whitetiger7654
July 24, 2007, 03:55 PM
A spent case is the easiest and cheapest. But for a more obvious way I like the Otis flags.

My Otis cleaning kit came with a bright orange hook that can be used as an open chamber indicator as well. It has the added benefit of capturing light to allow one to check the barrel also

http://www.otisgun.com/cgistore/store.cgi?page=/new/catalog.html&setup=1&ida=217&idp=46&his=0|46&cart_id=4190673.2340

209
July 24, 2007, 04:16 PM
Funny thing happened.

I'm at a range that I was invited to by a friend. As we're laying our guns out, they call a cease-fire. I have my AR, ejection port up, laying on the bench and the range safety guy tells me to unload it.

I had a yellow mag block with the tongue that goes thru the ejection port when inserted. Many of the places I have shot require them.

http://www.champchoice.com/shop.php?pline=SAFACC

We had people front of the firing line by the time the safety guy requested I "unload". Luckily, I had another one in my bag and showed it to him so he didn't make me "clear" the AR while there were people out there.

The lesson learned was- do whatever the safety guy tells you to do- unless they don't know- then you need to educate them. Do it nicely.. I'd suggest a piece of weed-wacker filament- 12 to 18" should be enough. Shove it thru the barrel and leave it clearly hanging out of the ejection port. That should satisfy any safety officer.

Kael
July 24, 2007, 06:10 PM
TX1911fan,
I actually have one of those,but never though of it for that.
Great suggestion, Thanks!

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