Rapid Rack

Hornady Rapid Rack, how did I not think of this?

Chamber Flags are a very important piece of gear that allows for easily identifying a clear and safe chamber. Many matches require you to have a chamber flag inserted while your rifle is grounded showing it is clear and safe.

The Hornady Rapid Rack is a chamber flag that also allows you to quickly load the chamber of the rifle when a loaded magazine is inserted. As demonstrated in the video, grasping the rubber coated handle of the aluminum Rapid Rack and smartly jerking it to the rear pulls the bolt all the way to the rear and as the Rapid Rack clears the chamber it is thrown out and the bolt runs into battery loading a round from the magazine. Now I do not want to hear from the internet commandos about not carrying a rifle with a loaded chamber is wrong, unsafe, stupid, or whatever. There are times when it is not practical and times when you are not permitted carry the rifle with a hot chamber,  such as with law enforcement carrying a rifle in their cruiser and needing to load the chamber in a hurry. Operating the charging handle is a fine motor skill, while loading the rifle with the Rapid Rack is more of a gross motor skill. Gross motor skills are easier to accomplish under stress and you are less likely to fail than a fine motor skill.

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If you are looking for a chamber flag that can also serve to quickly load your rifle from a magazine the Hornady Rapid Rack is the only option.

By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

4 thoughts on “Hornady Rapid Rack, how did I not think of this?”
  1. Way cool. Wonder how well it would work in other platforms?
    Plenty of matches require chamber flags and this looks like a great option.

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