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Ar-15 question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by martialartsblackbelt, Feb 5, 2011.

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  1. martialartsblackbelt

    martialartsblackbelt Member

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    I have an AR-15 with a YHM upper in 5.56 and a RRA lower
    my question is why do have to charge the weapon before i place the safety on?

    yes the safety will not switch on till i pull the charging handle.

    is this normal? it feels a lil unsafe
     
  2. DoubleTapDrew

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    That's normal.
    Just the way they are made. Why do you want to put a gun with an empty chamber and uncocked hammer on safe?
     
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    Yes. In simple terms the hammer has to be cocked to put the safety on safe.
     
  4. martialartsblackbelt

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    To load the AK, you have to take the safety off. Once loaded, it can go back on.

    Lots of guns won't go on safe until you charge them, and don't need to be until it's actually loaded. THEN you put them on safe.

    Being kinda unsafe is treating any gun like it can't possibly go off because "it's unloaded, right?" So, safety on or not, loaded or who knows, we keep it pointed only where it is safe, no matter what.

    Every gun getting cleaned, every gun picked up by a kid and pointed at their friend as a joke, was "empty" when it went off. If guns had no safeties, maybe more people would be alive.

    The rule of safety in firearms is to treat them like they are never safe. With that in mind, then you only need to know if it's single fire or full auto.

    Point being, it's a matter of a working perspective, and if it's always loaded and off safe in the mind, it will be handled a lot more safely.
     
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    M16s stored in the Armory are hammer down safety off.....
     
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    You can also charge the handle on an AR with no mag in it and switch the safety on before inserting a loaded mag.

    That way you have the safety " on " on an unloaded gun.
     
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    Rephrase that, if you're talking about military issued M16's. They are stored in the arms rooms, unloaded, uncharged, weapon on fire.
     
  9. Jeremy2171

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    Yeah....thats what I said...
     
  10. martialartsblackbelt

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    AK? i meant AR :cuss:
     
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    And the bolts removed, rolled up in a sleeve and locked in a safe. At least they used to be. I don't leave anything cocked unless it has ammo in it and is a "ready for instant use" item. Conventional wisdom is springs can take it but over the years there have been many pump shotguns cured of misfires by replacing the springs in the trigger assy.
     
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