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  •  Leaning against a wall is a bad habit (2+ / 0-)
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    kovie, ER Doc

    to get into, as demonstrated in the diary, bu people get so hung up on not letting the weapon be place din the dirt that they rationalize the wall-lean instead... but they'd be better off letting it lay down gently, since that's where it will inevitably end up anyway.

    If you have a rack, then butt-down/muzzle-up is the best practice, and a small plastic cap for the top will help keep dust from settling in the barrel, especially for long-term storage.

    The stacking, with anywhere from three or more weapons, is common in places where there is no rack; we did it in Basic Training a lot but it is meant to be a temporary storage while a platoon or more is traveling during the day from one classroom to another. Done correctly it is actually quite stable, relatively speaking, but done wrong it is a mess waiting to happen.

    •  I'm guessing that there are tent designs (0+ / 0-)

      with little loops or velcro strips on the wall of the tent you can use to secure rifles. But even then, it just seems safe practice to lay them down in the most stable position, unloaded, safety on, pointed away from people.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 07:02:42 AM PDT

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      •  Nope, tents don't have such amenities, (1+ / 0-)
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        kovie

        and I suppose it would put a strain on the supporting structure... for large tents we either bring in a proper storage rack or designate a spot for safe storage where they are laid down with the muzzles pointed in a low-traffic area.

        In the small pup tents (rarely ever used) they are laid on the foam rubber sleeping may next to the sleeping bag, or in the bag itself for security sake. Otherwise, it is slung over the soldier's shoulder and carried at all times in the field.

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