Today: Brass Check/Chamber Check/Press Checks; Whatever you want to call it, should you do it? When should you do it? When shouldn’t you do it?
Quote of the day, “Do you even Brass Check, Bro?”
Almost every instructor has an opinion about when and if you should do a brass check. In the simplest, a brass/chamber/press check is pulling the slide or bolt back on a weapon to make sure there is a round in the chamber.
On one extreme are the instructors that say you shouldn’t have to do a chamber check because you should know without a doubt if the gun is loaded and you should be able to feel when you load the gun that a round went into the chamber.
To tell the truth, if I’m paying strick attention I can tell if a round when into the chamber when I load my handgun and my ARs. I can’t tell if one went in the chamber on all handguns and all ARs. And I can’t tell even on my AK if one went in the chamber when I racked the bolt. So that doesn’t work for me.
On the other side of the argument is the instructors that say, you should chamber check your weapon every chance you get. They run around the range before every drill and do a check. It slows down everything and builds bad habits.
I’m in the middle. When you load your weapon, you should check to make sure you did it correctly. Your life could depend on it. Then anytime the gun is out of your control you should check it to ensure it is in the condition you want it in at that second while you are handling it.
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