No? Then by all means, if you aren’t already doing it, you should do a Pre-Range Inspection (or, should the SHTF, a Pre-Combat Inspection of your weaponry. This includes whatever you’re going to fire or carry. Don’t let yourself get complacent; Murphy will make sure the weapon you grab in an emergency is the one you haven’t checked in forever and sure as God made little green apples, it’ll malfunction on you. ‘NO IT WON’T!,’ you say, but you can’t be sure unless you do the preventive checks. Just like always, ALWAYS, checking the chamber of any weapon you’re handling to ensure it’s empty before doing anything with it.
Here’s what you need to do for peace of mind and a reliable weapon:
Note – Same steps for a pistol, but modified as is appropriate.
- Ensure the Chamber is Empty and NO Magazine is in the weapon.
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