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Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world!
This week, we talk about tip-up barrel handguns!
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Ryan: -Starting to potentially write something about one persons experiences stateside during the Vietnam War, I dont know if it will work out or not but i am excited about it.
-Found a No 2 Brownie Box Camera at my grandmothers old house. Looking forward to see if i can use it and get some retro shots on the range.
-Going to have one wisdom tooth extracted on the 17th, has a big hole in it, right side lower jaw is numb and ear hurts. Not fun.
I just listened to EP 379 and I was taken by the comments about why the bolt on most rifles is on the right side of the receiver and why it might be on the left side for others.
I’ve written about this somewhat in-depth online on some of my favorite forums, but I’ll condense it a bit. The short version is that I believe it tracks historically back to the use of the rifle sling. Standard military doctrine for a century had been to use the sling as a stabilizing device to enhance accuracy and the techniques ranged through the Hasty Hasty Sling, the Hasty Sling, and the Military Loop Sling (which required a specialized sling, of course), even the British sling mount method (which dates to the Revolutionary War or earlier). The short version is that it was assumed that most people would be right-handed. If you had your rifle mounted to your shoulder and your left arm arm through a sling, you COULD NOT use the left hand to work the bolt without dismounting the rifle, losing your sight picture, and extending an already slow process. You would, instead, keep the rifle securely mounted to your shoulder with the force of your left arm and sling, let go of the rifle with your right hand, work the bolt, and never lose mount or sight picture. Right hand bolt was simply a matter of combat efficiency and expediency.
Now that MSR pattern rifles are light enough that you can mount them to your pectoral instead of in the pocket and keep it mounted there with your right hand on the pistol grip, it’s easy to let go with the left hand to work the release or whatever.
But you should still learn how to use a sling anyway. 🙂
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