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Another lock and load question.
Some time back, kent asked where the phrase "lock and load" came from.
I was recently nosing around a site and found a comment by a LAPD SWAT officer that lock and load should only be used when referring to the old WWII Garand M1 rifle. This is because you had to lock the bolt to the rear, before loading the weapon with a clip of rounds from the top and not from below, as is usual with most self loading rifles. In the You Tube clip, you'll clearly see the user lock the bolt back, before loading the rounds in.
I've looked around for the phrase being used before WWII and I can't find any definite references. The article I've added a link to below refers to the older Mannlicher system, but these were a bolt action weapon, so there was no need to lock a bolt back.
Is anyone able to find any use of this phrase before then, or did I (by mistake), stumble on the answer?
http://www.gunweek.com/2006/featu re0901.html copy
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzo o4s_eilk&feature=related copy
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The origin of the phrase "lock and load" is not entirely clear, as there are two similar, yet distinct, explanations for its origin. Regardless of its exact origin, the phrase has come to relate to any activity in which preparations have to be made for an immediate action.
One explanation of the phrase comes from the actions needed to prepare a flint lock rifle for firing. In order to safely load a rifle of this type it was necessary to position the firing mechanism in a locked position, after which the gun powder and ball could be safely loaded into the rifle barrel without any chance of the rifle misfiring.
The second explanation is that the phrase (as "load and lock") originated during World War II to describe the preparations required to fire an M1 Garand rifle. After an ammunition clip was loaded into the rifle the bolt was pushed forward in order to "lock" a round into the chamber.
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