Got a PK380, but what is this?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Chewdog, May 19, 2010.

  1. Chewdog

    Chewdog New Member

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    My PK380 came with a separate tool for unlocking the slide, but it also had this plastic tool-looking thing in the box. It's about 2 inches long. Can anyone tell me what it is used for? It says Walther on it. I will attempt to attach a picture of it. Thanks for any responses.
     

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  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Empty Slide Indicator?
     

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Isn't that the take-down key?
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I believe it is an empty chamber indicator. The take-down tool is kind of straight (by the way, get an extra take-down tool)
     
  5. Chewdog

    Chewdog New Member

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    No sir, the take down key is a separate tool. If this is some kind of indicator, how is it used?
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Sorry, it was a guess.
     
  7. TheDaggle

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    This lil bugger came with my Sig. I think it's just the widget the factory sticks in the barrel to hold the slide slightly open for safety/whatnot. That's what it was doing when I opened the box. My guess is that a lot of shops pull it out to display the gun or show it to people, then just toss it back in the box
    Lock the slide back, stick the round part in the back of the barrel, and release the slide. If it looks like it kinda belongs there, that may be it.:)
     

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  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I have never seen that specific model type before, and usually they are orange or yellow, but if that is what it is, TheDaggle has hit it on the head.

    Say you run a gunshop and get a lot of mooks coming in. You know, the guys that want to handle 20 high end weapons and then talk to you about the lowest price you can give them on the cheapest piece of crap you got in the used section.

    You start stocking your weapons with these chamber indicators in them so your staff knows to remove them and check the weapon prior to handing them to the grabby hands, and to check the chamber and put it back BEFORE you put it back in the cabinet.

    Keeps everyone on the up and up and no one has a cause of the "I wonder if this bullet will fit in there" itis.....

    Again, I don't know if that is what yours is specifically, the only ones I have seen are orange or yellow, but isn't Walther's Emblem blue??

    JD
     
  9. Chewdog

    Chewdog New Member

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    Thanks for the replies guys. It makes sense that it is some kind of indicator used by the sellers and then just thrown into the box. I'll go with that. Love the pistol BTW. My wife can use it easily and has no problem operating the slide mechanism.
     
  10. pistolero_loco

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    This orange "plug" is to be used when you are at the range. After you shoot at your target you clear your pistol by dropping the mag and locking the slide open. Then you plug this orange device into the chamber. The little tab sticks up so even if you close the slide, the tab is still visible. The range master then walks down the line to ensure every pistol is unloaded and empty before allowing the shooters to check their targets. A piece of orange weed wacker string is a common substitute for this device.
     
  11. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Yep, Empty Chamber Flag for use at the range. Ranges that require chamber flags often provide them, so I've heard.

    My LCP doesn't lock open and a chamber flag would be sweet. I'll toss a weed whacker string in my bag. Great idea!
     
  12. WDB

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    Considering the color and size I would check with the manufacture for the intended use. I don't think it is an empty chamber indicator. Wrong color and 2" seems pretty small for the use IMHO.
     
  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I've seen those in the chamber (ala the empty chamber flag) on new guns that I have transferred.
     
  14. pistolero_loco

    pistolero_loco New Member

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    They are also called Chamber flags. See links:
    Kleen-Bore Chamber Safety Flags 9mm to 45 Caliber Pistol Nylon Orange Package of 2 - MidwayUSA

    Safe Tech Saf-T-Round Chamber Safety Flag 9mm Luger Brass and Polymer Orange - MidwayUSA

    Kleen-Bore Chamber Safety Flags 22 Caliber Pistol Nylon Orange Package of 2 - MidwayUSA