I was in a discussion today with a retired military friend of mine who brought up something interesting in storing a rifle for readiness that I found very interesting. I knew the pieces but never really put them together before. This will also work for handguns with manual safeties.
First, a little back story on how this came up. We were talking about home defense and I have a handgun that has a round in the chamber. I also have a long gun that I have loaded with an empty chamber. Now, mind you, this guy has been deployed more than once to some less than friendly places with a beard. Anyway, the conversation moved to how he kept ready while deployed and what the military required.
Of course there is a lot more to the conversation than this, but thought this part might be useful to some of us. When he would be required to clear, he would clear chamber then dry fire. The dry fire was not to ensure that the rifle was unloaded, but to give him a check as to the condition of his rifle. Say they were attacked in the middle of the night, as he was grabbing his rifle, it was a quick check to see if the rifle would go into safe. Why this works is because the AR, like most firearms, will not allow you to put the firearm into safe if the firearm is not cocked. So, when you roll out of bed half asleep while your brain is struggling to catch up, you dont need to think about how you left your rifle. Will it go into safe? No? Good, rack and go. If the rifle were to go into safe, you would waste a lot more time trying to remember (keep in mind the state you are in) if there is a round in the chamber or not. You can picture the situation.
Anyway, I thought it was an interesting way to keep a defensive firearm with a real good way of knowing its state of readiness.