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Don't Leave Rounds Chambered in Long Guns!

Safeties on most long guns only block the trigger from moving. Unlike modern handguns, most long guns have no equivalent of a firing pin safety or hammer block. While some designs - mostly for military rifles - will block the hammer or the striker, it is best to assume that those are exceptions. This means that most long guns with a cartridge in the chamber can discharge if dropped, even if they're "on safe." Further, when the bolt of rifles in the AR-15/M16 family is driven forward to chamber a round, the firing pin usually makes light contact with the primer. If the same round is chambered repeatedly, as in routinely charging and clearing the chamber, the "cake" of priming compound may crumble, keeping the round from firing when needed.

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