Do you leave it cocked?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Shotgun Shooter, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. Shotgun Shooter

    Shotgun Shooter New Member

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    Since curiosity killed the cat, I got to thinking how many people leave their hammers cocked in their shotguns. Now I'm talking about non HD shotguns, like when you're done hunting or the sorts.

    So my question to the all the frequent shotgun users, do YOU keep your hammer cocked even if the gun is completely empty?

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  2. Hawg

    Hawg New Member

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    Yeah, pretty much unless it has an external hammer.
     

  3. Shotgun Shooter

    Shotgun Shooter New Member

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    I have a single shot, but I never cock it unless I'm shooting it.

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  4. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    Out of habit, I don't leave the hammer cocked on anything if it's in storage/ put away. Dry fire everything to unload the springs and then I lock them up.
     
  5. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    Nope. I have snap caps and drop the hammer before putting them in the safe. Just another little ritual to make sure they are less likely to be loaded. It is not really needed since modern music wire coil springs get "worn' by cycling them, not by leaving them compressed or uncompressed, but I do it anyway.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I have a single shot 410 but I never leave the hammer cocked. It only gets pulled back when I'm ready to shoot it.
    My dad talks about my grandfather and my great uncle going pheasant hunting. He said the one would always fuss at the other for walking around with the hammers back on a loaded shotgun. Scary thought.
     
  7. WGram3

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    Of course my external hammer guns are uncocked unless ready to fire, but I think the issue centers more around internal hammer guns that automatically cock by either having been just fired or by cycling unfired rounds out before storage. I have read about using snap caps, and I have read heated arguments in other forums about whether or not this is necessary or helpful.

    So, here's my take. Neither myself, nor anybody in my family uses or has used snap caps, so therefore, all of our guns are stored cocked. As for the effects on the gun, the oldest gun we still use every hunting season is a Rem pre-M11 (1930's vintage), and it shows zero effects of wear from being stored cocked for 80 years. My personal firearms subject to being stored cocked:
    1958 Browning A5 (auto)
    1950's Spanish Double (internal hammer)
    1960's Ithaca 51 (auto)
    1980's Weatherby (pump)

    All these guns are flawless year after year.