Originally Posted by gslinger
Is faster lock time beneficial to all shooters or does it benefit some types of shooting more than others (prone, offhand, or sitting at table)?
Why is it so popular on builds?
Faster lock time has many advantages but has its disadvantages also.
The main advantage of fast lock time is that less movement of the shooter, the rifle and even
the target. so effectively it will help anyone with accuracy because of lack of delay from the
time the shooter starts to pull the trigger until the bullet exits the barrel.
The best example of poor lock time is the flint locks. the next improvement was the Cap lock
(Percussion cap) these rifles had faster ignition time and with the lighter hammer faster lock times
when the inline firing system was introduced it was a Major improvement in lock time, because
of the firing pin mass it was even faster. with the new springs and the lightened firing pins it is
The negative side to going to light is the primer strike may not have enough inertia to consistently
set off the primer causing an inconsistent burn or a miss fire.
There are many reasons that a rifle may have slow lock time that can be improved. sometimes a
good cleaning and lightly oiling is all that is necessary. bolt actions sometimes have problems with
the firing pin spring being to large for the firing pin and a condition called snaking may be present.
this causes the spring to rub on the inside of the bolt reducing lock time. A simple change is all that
I hope this helps you to understand the advantages and disadvantages of lock time.
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