Sig Academy tip: Chamber check
Posted by Lissa on June 22, 2010
Good morning everyone! I forgot to include this tip in my rundown of the Sig Academy, and it’s a good one 🙂
How do you check if you have a bullet in your chamber?
What I did previously was to grip the gun as if I were going to do a full rack, and then gently pull back until I could see either brass or the lack of brass. (If no brass, then I would continue to the full rack and lock it open and back.) It was difficult because it’s hard for me to exert sufficient force to slide it halfway only; it felt awkward and out of control.
What the Sig instructor taught me was this:
1) Cock the weapon
2) Brace your thumb under the hammer and curl your fingers around the sights
3) Pull back enough to see brass or no-brass
See? MUCH easier. (It should go without saying that, throughout this process, your gun needs to be pointed in a safe direction – like a bulletproof vest – and your finger is off the trigger. Duh.)
(Oh, and BTW, Siguette does have a loaded chamber indicator. My attitude has always been that a loaded chamber indicator is sufficient to confirm that your gun IS loaded. It is never sufficient to confirm that you gun is UNLOADED. Because all guns are always loaded all the time.)