When you're packin around your TRADITIONAL ML, as I did today, LOADED, do you Cap it?
Normally when I shoot the thing, I don't cap it until I'm ready to fire, BUT, that doesn't make for a very fast shot. When you're carrying your rifle through the swamps as I was doin today.
You see, I dunno if all them bars are sleepin, yet, or with this warm weather some of'em mighta woke up. BTW, the Psy Willows started budding out.
I don't like to rest the hammer on the cap, so I have it at half-cock, and when I do that, the cap will come OFF. I'm thinking if the hammer is resting on it with spring tension, a jolt or a jar, could conceivably set it off. Probably, this wouldn't happen, but I don't know that.
I'm considering ways to keep the cap ON. What are the options for a solution for this?
I've considered a couple that I can think of. Somewhere, I have these little rings, I got from CVA a long time ago and never used. they go around the cap and the nipple, and are spose to hold it on. I dunno how well they work since I've never tried them.
Another Idea is something in betwixt the hammer and cap. Spose I have a narrow strip of leather fastened to the trigger guard somewhere, and put that on top of the primer on the nipple, and let the hammer down on THAT.
When ready to shoot, I cock the hammer, and the leather will fall away or I'll take it away, and I can make it go boom.
Sounds like a brilliant idea, but I want to run it by someone who has dealt with the issue.
Thanks for your thoughts and experiences
Smitty of the North