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Old July 8, 2013, 10:14 PM   #26
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I usually rack 3 times while looking into the chamber. I figure if nothing pops out or I don't see anything, it's empty.
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Old July 8, 2013, 10:22 PM   #27
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That works, right up until your ejector breaks and you don't realize it. Then it is not so good. Really much better to check by sight and then by feel.

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Old July 8, 2013, 10:23 PM   #28
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I would also accept a big stack of books as a safe backstop. From your earlier description, it sounded as if you were just using an ordinary interior wall, without somehow reinforcing it.
It's a rather small area, and it definitely makes me uncomfortable. And if I ever actually fired a round at the books and missed, there would be big problems. And even if I never missed, I can't imagine none of my neighbors would hear the shot. That could be very problematic.

No, I think it's actually not a safe practice. I need to get a training barrel like you suggested.
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