Knowing the functions of every firearm

TX69

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is obviously impossible but how many and which ones should you know?

I have shot more guns than I can remember but there are still many more that I have never puled the trigger on. Unfortunately the AK47 is one but I have my eye n renting one and have plans to buy.

Movies are never a good interpretation but they do offer some insight as to the possibilities in a SHTF situation. You might find yourself where you really need that firearms but can't figure out the controls. So it raises the questions as to which ones should you know? Personally I can disassemble/reassemble a Beretta 92FS in my sleep but a 1911 I would fidjit with ll of the levers.

What would be a short list of firearms that a Texan must know to pick up and put rounds down range?
 
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txinvestigator

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Most semi autos are easy. You know how a water or has valve works. If the handle of the valve is parallel to the pipe water or has flows. Across the pipe and no flow.

Most semis auto handguns are the same. If there is a safety lever, parallel to the barrel will fire, across will not. There are exceptions.

Mag released are generally in one of three places: standard on frame near grip and trigger, under trigger guard like the HK USP, and mounted bottom of grip.

AR/AK are pretty straight forward.

This should be an informative thread..
 

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The way I look at it, it's like cars. If you're a car guy, you don't have to have driven or tinkered with every type of car to be able to understand the basic principles of how to do so. Make sense? Once you learn the basic principles of operation, typical operating components, etc. you can figure this stuff out very easily. Same with guns, once you understand the basics of action design, bolts/slides, mag catches, slide release levers, safeties, etc. you can then pick up any new gun and figure out exactly how to operate it very quickly.
 

Vaquero

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I think intimate knowledge of the platforms is ideal.
All I have left is AK and I'll have the bases covered.
 

Shotgun Jeremy

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Are we talking basic operation or complete tear down? I would bet I can operate or figure out 90% of the guns I will ever see within 10 min.

Complete tear down is a different story.
 

Vaquero

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I'm thinking teardown and maintenence.
Unless it's a glock. Just pull the trigger, right? lol
 

Byrd666

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The short list, for me, is whatever firearm you happen to be taking to the range that day. When I was in the Navy, I had an opportunity to do a detailed dis assembly and cleaning of a G.I. 1911 and a Vietnam era M16. So I think I have those covered. Even if it that was more than a few days ago. And with that, I have good working knowledge of how most other semi-auto pistols operate. Now that I'm physically unable to do those kinds of actions, most of my "working" knowledge of the firearms I own and use now, comes from online research, reading and watching whatever videos I can find, and asking as many questions that I possibly can. And hopefully, I'm asking the right people.
 

TX69

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I'm thinking teardown and maintenence.
Unless it's a glock. Just pull the trigger, right? lol
Although it is funny it actually is very true. I own AR's/semi shotgun/pump shotgun/bolt rifles/lever action rifle/two wheel guns/semi handguns and do all of the maintenance and smithing. Still don't have the feeling I am covering enough so I do have a plan as mentioned for an AK.
 

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What we're really talking about is this scenario, you know, where you randomly find a weapon cache with M79's M2's AK's and everything else imaginable:




LOL ;) Now fess up. Who here has a fallout shelter like this? I want to be adopted! LOL
 
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