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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by jmsfmtex, Feb 7, 2010.
Can someone tell me what this actually means and its origination?
Back in the days of bolt action military rifles (Mauser design, like the 1903 Springfield) the process was to place the safety on the middle position, which locked the striker but allowed the bolt to be opened, then a stripper clip of 5 founds was inserted and the rifle loaded. Hence, lock then load.
not sure of it's orgin but today, it's connotation means to put a round in the chamber and prepare to fire your weapon. fwiw, I prefer "lock and cock".
You said "cock"
I was under the impression that it dated back to the use of muskets.
This at wiki
This one refers to the musket.
I would buy the Wiki definition. The clip won't go into a Garand to load it until you lock the bolt back.
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Thank you, all, for the responses. I would agree with each of them depending upon the period and firearms being used. Good information.