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How do you store your rifles?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ny32182, Mar 16, 2005.

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  1. ny32182

    ny32182 Member

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    Specifically, I mean that whenever your military pattern rifles are put in storage, do you leave the hammer cocked back, or dry fired (forward, resting on the firing pin)?
     
  2. EghtySx

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    I was always taught to close the action/let the hammer down to take the tension off the springs. Of course, in later years I learned that compressed or relaxed doesn't really contribute to spring wear as the wear comes from the act of compressing and releasing, not the fixed state of either. However, in the interest of dust and habit I guess I like to store my guns closed and relaxed. I dont always dryfire, but I always close actions and let down external hammers.
     
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    1917 30-06, stored with an empty chamber and dry fired.
     
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    On my Garand I remove the trigger group and relax the hammer. Gives the wood a chance to expand and keeps the trigger group fitting well. Bolt guns I leave dry fired, empty chamber of course.
     
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