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leave bolt cocked or uncocked for storage?

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by mattgriff88, May 16, 2014.

  1. mattgriff88

    mattgriff88 Busy Member

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    Hi,

    i have just purchased my first rimfire a anschutz 1517 thumbhole.
    lovely rifle but im unsure if i should leave the bolt uncocked or cocked when in storage?

    the bolt is cocked when you remove it and you have to manually uncock it and then cock it to insert it back in to the rifle.

    is it ok to leave it cocked in storage?

    cheers
     
  2. Elk hunter

    Elk hunter Keyboard Hero

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    I do not remove any of the bolts from the rifles I own. But always close the bolt with my finger on the trigger, so it is uncocked.

    There is no need to keep the bolt seperate from the rifle while in storage, but I always remove the bolt when I travel with any of them.

    Andrew
     
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    I always uncock my bolt, so to speak, on the basis that it's better for the spring. I don't know if it makes a real difference long term but it only takes a moment. And I always remove the bolt and lock away separately with the ammo.

    If you're finding uncocking the removed bolt by hand a bit fiddly, try wrapping a 4" long piece of bicycle inner-tube around the back section to make it easier to grip.
     
  4. harry brown

    harry brown Banned

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    I always now ensure I leave the bolt with the rifle for storage purposes, otherwise I go off shooting to find I've forgotten the bolt when I get there! I just dry fire mine off. Did this for years will CF rifles and old habits die hard. The pin doesn't strike the chamber wall on modern RF rifles I'm led to believe. Like Elk Hunter I travel with the bolt separate from the rifle, not mandatory but good practice if the car is left unattended during the journey ever and some scroat breaks in.
     
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    Bolt decockers that also double as a storage sleeve are available always used one myself when I was shooting an Anschutz.
     
  6. sneakysniper

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    I leave mine in the rifle uncocked.
    Be careful if you store it separately (no need law wise) and attempt to decock it manually as when i did it flew apart and i very nearly lost a tiny spring that flew out.
     
  7. Kyska

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    Or travel to your shoot and find you're bolt less when you get there....
     
  8. mattgriff88

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    I thought it was law to store rifle, bolt and ammo all separate when travelling in car?
     
  9. jonesy185

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    Around my area all fire arms holders must keep bolt separate in storage . And of course not in the rifle when in vehicle . Ammo in separate compartment . Shotgun cartridges is not a legal requirement to keep in a safe ! You can if you want which I do , which some people will keep hidden elsewhere .
     
  10. sneakysniper

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    Can't see why you need to remove the bolt when travelling, obviously you shouldn't have a loaded mag in it or near it. I have the (empty) mag and ammo in my pocket when driving.

    My nephew recently had his FAC from SW police, he was told no need to store the gun and bolt seperately.
     
  11. jonesy185

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    Keeping bolt out of the firearm when traveling in vehicle is a serious matter over here . We could result in loosing licence if we get caught with bolt in rifle . They are really strict in Wales
     
  12. Kyska

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    Its not a legal requirement though.
     
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    Is it? But it isn't loaded.
    What about if you have a semi auto then, what's the score then?
     
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    It's is a legal requirement for us over here , I couldn't tell you on semi autos mate . Our firearms department and officers don't allow us to keep bolt in fire arm when traveling or even in storage ..
     
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    I think stopping off and leaving your vehicle unattended with a gun in the boot is what makes the police nervous about leaving the bolt on the gun. If just travelling to your permission I see no need to remove it. That said I still remove mine even though the FEO was more than happy with my own arrangements when I explained it'd be locked in a van site box built to a higher grade than my gun cabinet and extra deadbolts fitted to van + alarm /immobilizer a separate small safe in van for ammo bolted in also. I cannot recall him saying I needed to remove the bolt after I explained that.
    End of the day it's good practice and takes no time.
     
  16. sneakysniper

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    Where are you located?
     
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    Which police force do you come under?
     
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    That sounds very over the top and well beyond what the law says.

    It will be interesting if other people from north wales experience the same or if this is your feo that is ott.
    Cheers Andy
     

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