DIY and Mods: User Friendly Chamber Flags

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]

Just knock off two corners and shave the sides of the stick.

Before and After.

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)

A piece of weed whacker line and a crimped wire connector makes for a fine rimfire chamber flag

A piece of weed whacker line and a crimped wire connector makes a fine rimfire chamber flag

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.

Chamber flags for shotguns don't seem as unwieldy, but can still be improved

“Because I like it” is enough reason for me.

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.

Picture of ProMag’s 10 Round MKA 1919 Magazine

New 10 round magazine for MKA1919 from ProMag

ProMag’s new 10 round magazine for MKA1919

Nobody else seems to have up a picture of it so I thought I’d post it here.  Image retrieved from the ProMag 2013 digital catalog disc I picked up at the NRA convention.  Midway’s site says it should be available 5/26/13.  I didn’t find mention of a mag coupler but the mid-body interruption of the waffle pattern may suggest one is in the works.

Breda (Shotgun) in Mozambique

One of my long time friends, a fellow firearms afficionado, recently took a job overseas in Pemba, Mozambique.  Knowing how folks are curious about arms in other countries, I wanted to share some pictures of the shotgun that a local security guard carries.  Most security guards there only carry nightsticks; this guard, being quite proud of his gun, was happy to show it off.  [click images to embiggen]

A security guard in Mozambique displays his shotgun

It’s an Italian made Breda* (mostly likely the Antares model) that functions much like a Remington 11 or Browning Auto 5 using a long action recoil operated mechanism with a reciprocating barrel.  While I can’t find a list of manufacturing dates, I have found references to them being produced from the late fifties.  An interesting feature is that they were designed to be completely disassembled without tools (link to owners manual).  On this one, if you look closely on the forend you can see where it was repaired with suture-like wire fishing line ‘stitches’ above and below the length of the crack.  The loop of wire on the forend is for hanging it up for storage.  It obviously shows the long term wear from the daily handling of a working gun but it is still carried with pride and cared for.  I can’t see a spot of rust on the bolt.

Closeup of the Breda shotgun receiver

I looked about and found a YewToobz video showing the takedown of what appears to be the exact model for those of you curious as to the innards of this firearm.

As well as a video demonstrating a long action recoil mechanism in slow motion (utilizing an Auto 5)

Stay tuned for more pics from the other side of the world.

*most likely no relation to this Breda