Locked and Loaded?

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  1. 38 special

    38 special New Member

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    I've heard this quite often but am puzzled by what it means. I llike revolvers.I do shoot a couple semi autos (ruger mark II .22 and a springfiled armory .45 auto which I also like very much. I assume locked and loaded refers to semi autos but I still dont get the connection. Neither of my semi autos are ever "locked". If I put rounds in the magazine and shove the magazine in the pistol its not locked nor is it loaded If i pull the slide back and put a shell in the chamber its loaded but still not "locked". If I put the safe on its still not "locked" its just on safe. Is this just a television phrase or does it mean something?
     
  2. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

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    It's a military command to put a weapon's safety on, and load it with ammunition.
     

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    They put the cart before the horse. Load and lock just doesn't have that ring to it. :D

    Although I guess some firearms might be able to be locked on safe before being loaded.

    Art
     
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  5. marcodelat

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    Like "Condition 1" with 1911:

    Also known as "cocked and locked," really more appropriate due to the function of the firearm:

    ... a round is in the chamber, hammer is cocked, and the manual thumb safety on the side of the frame is applied.
     
  6. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

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    Many full auto rifles fire from an open bolt. Most submachine guns also.

    To ready the gun, you first LOCK the bolt in the open position, and LOAD the magazine in place.

    With the bolt locked back and the magazine in place the gun is ready to fire.
     
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  8. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    M1 Garand, 03 Springfield and most other military rifles, to "lock" is to engage the safety. Then you load the weapon, close the bolt, which loads the first round, and sing out "Ready, Sar'ent!"

    Pops
     
  9. delta13soultaker

    delta13soultaker New Member

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    Rifles and pistols have 8 steps of functioning.

    1. Feeding
    2. Chambering
    3. Locking
    4. Firing
    5. Unlocking
    6. Extracting
    7. Ejecting
    8. Cocking

    When it locks it is loaded.

    p.s. For most military rifles when the bolt rotates until the lugs lock....
     
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