‘Instructor’ should be muzzled

I refer to the email from Jeffrey Graves  in your Top Shots section relating to rifle cleaning (Shooter, June 2019). Some guy from a government department, an instructor apparently, told him he should never look down the muzzle when cleaning a rifle - clearly this ‘instructor’ has never cleaned a Winchester lever action 30.30.

I’ve been shooting, hunting and cleaning rifles for more than 50 years and that’s one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve heard. It’s almost impossible to check the barrel of a 30.30 without looking down the muzzle end and that’s the most sensible way of checking it - I always look through the muzzle end to check for a clean barrel.

This ‘instructor’ must do the cleaning with the bolt still in the rifle and I wouldn’t want to go hunting with him. I’m on the government register for pest control so if he reads my comments he probably won’t be pleased.

Garry Gibbons, via email


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