"Lock and Load" -- meaning?

"Lock and Load" -- meaning?

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    "Lock and Load" -- meaning?

    Q: The phrase "Lock and Load!" means what to you?

    Meaning, if you were to hear the phrase "lock and load" called out to you, what do you think it is you're supposed to do?

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    (Don't look it up on the internet or elsewhere.)

    I realize there are some prior discussions, some time ago. But it's interesting how many different definitions seem to exist, when asked off the cuff like this. There are certainly many discussions posted here and there, depending where you look.
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    Uh.....one in the pipe, safety on?

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    IIRC In todays range It's insert magazine and chamber a round
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    I believe it was an old military term meaning "lock the bolt to the rear and load a magazine".
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    I thought it went back to the muzzle loading days when army issue was a musket. The term came into use when the hammer was locked back and the musket loaded. Thus lock and load.
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    Lock the safety , load the gun , be ready to go.

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    Datsun has it.

    L&L means we're going into battle NOW. That means loaded, chambered, and safeties OFF, not on; it's time to start the action.
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    Prepare yourself....because the S is about to HTF......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    I believe it was an old military term meaning "lock the bolt to the rear and load a magazine".
    That's my belief also.

    Although I have also heard it described as "locking" a magazine in place, and then loading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandolero View Post
    That's my belief also.

    Although I have also heard it described as "locking" a magazine in place, and then loading.
    All of the above. I've only heard it used in a military context, not as a range command, but as a preparation for battle. Even then, not being a combat veteran, I've probably only heard it in the movies or shooting the bull with other veterans and GI's.

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    On active duty in the Marines for many years in the 1980s and 1990s, we understood it to be a Hollywood bastardization of the USMC firing range command "Load and lock," which meant to load a magazine and lock the bolt (or slide) in the forward position, in order to be ready to fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudsonvalley View Post
    Prepare yourself....because the S is about to HTF......
    Although in my mind, it means to me "ready your weapon and prepare to fire", I think Hudson Valley kinda summed it up!!!!
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    It means "Mr. Custer" that you should have stayed home!

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    I thought the phrase was a variation of "load and lock". A phrase coined back to the beginning of world war II.

    Load referred to the loading of the rifle's clip into the internal magazine and lock didn't mean locked back but the bolt locking into battery after it strips off a round. I don't remember if it was for the bolt action rifles or the semi auto... maybe both.

    I don't remember the story of how the phrase was reversed but I would imagine it was something to do with the use of bottom feeding guns that referred to the bolt being locked back first and magazine inserted. It would be more like lock, load, release or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Datsun40146 View Post
    I thought it went back to the muzzle loading days when army issue was a musket. The term came into use when the hammer was locked back and the musket loaded. Thus lock and load.
    In a musket you wouldn't lock the hammer back while loading the weapon. The hammer would then be in a position to be released, not very good safety.

    The barrel is loaded with powder, then the ball is rammed down against the load. Only after the ram is clear of the barrel do you lock the hammer back.

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