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Muzzle UP Or Down?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by mjkeat, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. mjkeat

    mjkeat

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    If you keep a long gun around the house for possible protection is the muzzle up or down? Why?

    I'm not concerned about round chambered or not as we've already covered that recently.
     
  2. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

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    Mine is muzzle up. Why? It stands better on the stock than the muzzle.
     


  3. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    This.
     
  4. smokin762

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    If I kept a rifle loaded in the safe or anywhere else, I would keep the muzzle down. If there happen to be an accidental discharge, it would go into the floor of my safe. Not up through the ceiling killing or injuring a loved one.
     
  5. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

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    Muzzle up unless you have some sort of rifle rack that will hold the rifle muzzle down.
     
  6. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    My only long gun that is kept out of the safe is my 870.
    It's in a corner, stored muzzle down.
     
  7. glock_19guy1983

    glock_19guy1983

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    just out of curiosity, do you people also balance your loaded pistols muzzle down instead of laying them on the side????
     
  8. mjkeat

    mjkeat

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    Let's keep this on topic
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2012
  9. LL6

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    Muzzle up. I won't rest a rifle on its muzzle.
     
  10. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU What to wear...

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    I keep mine muzzle up as well.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  11. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Muzzle up, because it's the only way it'll fit in the safe.

    Slung? Muzzle down.
     
  12. mjkeat

    mjkeat

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    Why muzzle up?
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2012
  13. LL6

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    Multitude of small habits. The strongest being the age-old gun-handling rule of: "never let your muzzle come in contact with anything for fear of getting something stuck in it, etc." Most of my long gun experience was with bolt action rifles and I avoided resting it muzzle down for fear of damaging the crown. Last it just seems to rest more securely muzzle up on its stock.
     
  14. mjkeat

    mjkeat

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    I'm a muzzle down guy for the peramiters stated in the OP. Why? Because I can grab it w/ my firing hand exactly how I'd grip it while shouldered. It can thus be fired. If picked up by the handguard it takes one more step to fire.
     
  15. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    Pick it up with your weak hand, and pivot it to your shoulder. problem solved.


    Muzzle up, as it balances/stands better that way.
     
  16. Gunnut 45/454

    Gunnut 45/454

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    Yep Muzzle up for all the reason stated above. Grab it with my left hand and bring it to bare on target.:supergrin:
     
  17. mjkeat

    mjkeat

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    Tried it. I still have to take the time to position my firing hand on the grip before I can fire a round. I can fire the AR 1 handed if need be but not when only gripping the handguard.

    To me it's the same as rotating a handgun muzzle forward as it leaves the holster or waiting to rotate until you join hands obtaining a full grip. If I needed to I could engage the instant the muzzle rotates forward.

    Maybe only seconds but...

    It's also the way we traveled, muzzle down.
     
  18. GlockN

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    If you had the rifle go off in your safe, up or down, wouldn't it hit the safe either way? :upeyes: