Interested in the forum's views on this.
So I've been enjoying getting to know my two new Mauser M03 rifles, which are the first centre fire rifles I have owned. In doing so I thought I would devise my own 'normal safety precautions' and stoppage drills adapting what I was taught in the army to be specific to these rifles.
In doing so it became apparent to me that many bolt-action rifles have an inherent flaw in that, once opened, the bolt cannot held open (e.g. as happens with the 'holding open device' on an SA80 A2). Thus when the rifle is being carried around (e.g. being taken in/out of a vehicle, or being passed over a fence etc. ) with the bolt open it can slide around, bang about, make noise etc. Not optimal for either (a) stealth in the field or (b) demonstrating a safe weapon to others.
Obviously there is a simple enough work-around - just stick one's finger on the bolt to stop it sliding about - but how simple would it have been just to incorporate a small spring-loaded lever to hold it open ? The existing bolt-release on the M03 could easily have been modified to do just that.
What I wondered was do any other bolt-action rifles incorporate such a feature ?