Chamber flags are useful safety items and even when not required due to range rules, I’ll use them just as a courtesy to other shooters. However, some of them are not the most user friendly of devices, often they require a ‘bit of fiddling’ to get them in and out of the chamber. With that in mind, here’s how I modify chamber flags. [as usual, click images to enlarge]
All those right angles and nibs sticking out make for plenty to snag on. I trim the outside corner and trim the sides to make it easier to insert and remove. Trimming the inside corner of the flag provides a ‘finger hook’ that makes removal as easy as swiping a finger alongside the receiver.
Also while the standard flag will fit in a .22 rimfire bore, you can make your own by using a piece of string trimmer line and adding a wire crimp butt connector. (I resisted the impulse of sophomoric humor; the link is safe)
While the crimp connector isn’t absolutely necessary, I like it there for the peace of mind knowing the trimmer line can’t slip all the way into the bore.
For shotguns, the flags themselves aren’t really unwieldy but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be improved. I recommend simply drilling a hole and adding a key chain of your choice.
I realize that these aren’t revolutionary, life-changing mods but they make life a little bit easier on the range. I hope you find them useful too.