tell me about chamber flags?

tell me about chamber flags?

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    tell me about chamber flags?

    Several posters in the ND thread ("accidently letting one go") mentioned using Chamber Flags while cleaning, etc. One even posted a picture of a chamber flag, lying on a white background.

    This is the first time I've heard of them- can someone please explain how to use them? pictures of one in use would be appreciated :) I can't quite imagine how it would be used...


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    Simply just a piece of plastic you insert in an open action, empty chamber, that sticks up out of the firearm so everyone on the range can visually verify that you weapon is safe.

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    Ask and ye shall receive. Got this off of google, I dont use them though. You simply slip it into the empty chamber and slowly let the slide come forward.
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    They work on the principle that no two things can occupy the same space at the same time.

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    thanks for the illustrations!

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    I got one with the new gun I purchased, I think it was my S&W 4516-1. Was in there in place when I opened the box.
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    Some times on the TV show Cops, after a LEO finds a gun on a suspect, they'll make the gun safe then stick a ball point pen in it to indicate its "safe".

    Same concept as a flag.
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    Our range requires that all firearms not being currently fired be cleared and have a chamber flag inserted in the chamber. We provide the chamber flags, which are just plastic cable ties with a loop at one end. We don't allow any other kind of chamber flag so that the range officer only has to identify one kind of chamber flag.

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    I like a Chambersafe for my AR :)

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    I bought them and bring/use them at my local range since they are required over there when the range is "cold". Otherwise, I don't really care much about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinNEPA View Post
    Ask and ye shall receive. Got this off of google, I dont use them though. You simply slip it into the empty chamber and slowly let the slide come forward.
    This whole time, I never used it since it came w/ my S&W Model 457 in a carrying case. I have only been using the standard yellow flags issued by the local range. Next time, it will be used.

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    It's funny when you see them sticking out the muzzle of a barrel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinNEPA View Post
    Ask and ye shall receive. Got this off of google, I dont use them though. You simply slip it into the empty chamber and slowly let the slide come forward.
    Is loading a chamber flag like this safe for the gun? Owners manuals on semi autos I own say that I should always load through the magazine and not the ejection port.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beni View Post
    Is loading a chamber flag like this safe for the gun? Owners manuals on semi autos I own say that I should always load through the magazine and not the ejection port.
    Yes because you're not really loading the gun. The manuals say that because it causes extra pressure when the extractor must go up and over the rim of the case (as it does when the round is already chambered) rather then slide into it when it is loaded from a magazine. With a chamber flag you are not engaging the extractor so it doesn't matter.
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