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Rear sight = chamber loaded indicator. Cool idea?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by abaddon, Aug 7, 2004.

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  1. abaddon

    abaddon Member

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    What I mean is having a rear sight that drops down into the gun, becoming invisible from behind, when no round is chambered. I'm not sure if the mechanics would be work-able or not, it would probably depend on what platform we're talking about. But wouldn't that be cool? I've heard chamber loaded indicators derided because no one would have time to check this during a gun fight but I think I'd notice if my sight picture disappeared in a gun fight.

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    The Browning 1900 has a small pin that flips up to block the sight picture. Similar idea, but prolly better since the site itself does not move.
     
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    Walther Model 2

    The retractable rear sight as a loaded chamber indicator sounds just like the Walther Model 2 made in 1909. I haven't heard of any others since then.

    Guns World

    I hope this link works. It is the first time I tried one.;)
     
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    I believe loaded chamber indicators are a bad idea for three reasons: 1.) you're supposed to check your gun; 2.) sooner or later, every mechanical device fails, and 3.) you're supposed to check your gun.
     
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    And you dry-fire practice how?
     
  6. abaddon

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    Shmackey: Well, you could dry fire practice with snap caps.

    Standing Wolf: of course you should always check your chamber but that wouldn't always be possible in the middle of a gunfight. You may have a point that such a device would encourage a neglect of safety in some of the people who would use this as an excuse to not check your chamber. But I, personally, would always check my chamber if I had the time.

    Thanks all for the responses. I guess someone already thought of it. The Browning design sounds better anyway because the sight remains fixed.

    Jeff
     
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    In the middle of a gunfight a loaded chamber indicator is the last thing on your mind. Either the pistol fires or it don't and you take the required steps to get it back firing.
     
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    The one disadvantage that I would see is that you woudn't be able to use the rear sight to help rack the slide if you lose the use of one hand due to an injury.

    Good Shooting
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