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 Post subject: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:25 pm 
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I am a newbie (first fired it today). I have a question about storing the gun and keeping it (nearly) ready for an emergency.

(1) I have been told that I should not store it with the trigger cocked, so I bought a snap cap.

(2) If I put a snapcap in through the breach and load the magazine with 3 live rounds, can I just eject the snap cap and load a round through the ejection post when I am ready to fire or is there some sort of interlocking mechanism or whatever when I eject the snap cap?

(3) If I should not do the above what should I do? I don't want a live round in the chamber while the gun is stored.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:23 am 
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If you eject the snap cap, the first round from the mag will then be chambered and you'll be GTG.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:57 am 
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oneounceload wrote:
If you eject the snap cap, the first round from the mag will then be chambered and you'll be GTG.


That's true ONLY if he drops the hammer on the snap cap. If he doesn't drop the hammer, he could jack the bolt all day and a round won't come out of the magazine.

My suggestion is to forget the snap cap idea completely. You don't need a snap cap with a semi-auto. They're good for nothing except causing problems, and you don't need them anyway.

What I would do with that gun if I wanted to keep it ready without a round in the chamber is to pull the bolt completely to the rear and then release it to close on an empty chamber. Then load as many rounds into the magazine as possible. THEN, pull the trigger on the empty chamber. NOW, the gun is ready to be put into action by pulling the bolt fully rearward and releasing it. This will load a round into the chamber and you'll be ready to Rock 'N Roll!

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:50 am 
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Ulysses wrote:
oneounceload wrote:
If you eject the snap cap, the first round from the mag will then be chambered and you'll be GTG.


That's true ONLY if he drops the hammer on the snap cap. If he doesn't drop the hammer, he could jack the bolt all day and a round won't come out of the magazine.

My suggestion is to forget the snap cap idea completely. You don't need a snap cap with a semi-auto. They're good for nothing except causing problems, and you don't need them anyway.

What I would do with that gun if I wanted to keep it ready without a round in the chamber is to pull the bolt completely to the rear and then release it to close on an empty chamber. Then load as many rounds into the magazine as possible. THEN, pull the trigger on the empty chamber. NOW, the gun is ready to be put into action by pulling the bolt fully rearward and releasing it. This will load a round into the chamber and you'll be ready to Rock 'N Roll!


No need for a snap cap.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:11 am 
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Skip the snap cap. But most of all, BE CAREFUL! Be absolutely sure you're dropping the hammer on an empty chamber. Check the chamber with the bolt only halfway back, so there's no way you could be accidentally chambering a round when you release it and close the action.

Again, BE CAREFUL! (And maybe even buy a pump shotgun for dedicated home defense use.)

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:03 pm 
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In an auto you really don’t need to drop the hammer at all


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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:45 pm 
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dcr5468 wrote:
In an auto you really don’t need to drop the hammer at all


If you want an A300 to chamber a round out of the magazine when you rack the bolt, you need to either drop the hammer or press the carrier stop button. I'm not sure, but I don't think pressing the carrier stop button takes the pressure off the hammer spring, which is what the OP wants to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:19 pm 
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Going back to the '60s, I've never dropped the hammer on any of my shotguns to 'store' it.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:28 pm 
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Zbigniew wrote:
Going back to the '60s, I've never dropped the hammer on any of my shotguns to 'store' it.


I don't believe it's necessary but I do it just the same... :?

For the OP, who may be new to guns by the sounds of it, dropping the hammer indoors at home should probably be avoided. Mistakes can be very costly.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:16 pm 
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I've NEVER avoided dropping the hammer on an empty chamber with any of my guns. In fact, I'll frequently dryfire them just for practice and to help smooth out the trigger parts and the action when I cycle the gun.

Handguns, rifles, shotguns, whatever... just sit around the house and "shoot" every doorknob, ceiling/corner joint, or even pictures on the wall. Hasn't hurt a thing and I believe it's even helped smooth out the action of the guns and helps develop better trigger control.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:30 pm 
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Absolutely not. I was sitting with a friend in the living room of his house when he clicked on an "empty" chamber and sent a .22 LR into the ceiling.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:14 pm 
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desmobob wrote:
dcr5468 wrote:
In an auto you really don’t need to drop the hammer at all


If you want an A300 to chamber a round out of the magazine when you rack the bolt, you need to either drop the hammer or press the carrier stop button. I'm not sure, but I don't think pressing the carrier stop button takes the pressure off the hammer spring, which is what the OP wants to do.


I put two rounds in the magazine - none in the chamber. I then pulled the trigger and 1 round came out of the magazine and now is visble and sits below the barrel. Is this what I want?


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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:33 pm 
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mangurian wrote:
desmobob wrote:
dcr5468 wrote:
In an auto you really don’t need to drop the hammer at all


If you want an A300 to chamber a round out of the magazine when you rack the bolt, you need to either drop the hammer or press the carrier stop button. I'm not sure, but I don't think pressing the carrier stop button takes the pressure off the hammer spring, which is what the OP wants to do.


I put two rounds in the magazine - none in the chamber. I then pulled the trigger and 1 round came out of the magazine and now is visble and sits below the barrel. Is this what I want?


Yep. That's EXACTLY what you want. That round sitting on the carrier isn't going anywhere until you are ready for it to move up and into the chamber. All you have to do to accomplish this is to pull the bolt handle fully to the rear and let it fly. BTW, I would recommend keeping the safety OFF. You don't want to have to fool with a safety when your life may be at stake. And, if you're going to use this gun for self defense, I recommend removing the plug from the magazine and loading as many shells in the magazine as it will hold.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about keeping an a300 stored but ready
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:19 pm 
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This post just screams “I handle guns in an unsafe manner”

Drop the snap cap idea it’s not an over and under.



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