Art of Travel.
lifted out and in. The pocket must be made baggy at the part which corresponds to the cocks of the gun.
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Carrying Guns on a Journey. Look at the gun, but never let the gun look at you, or at your companions," is a golden rule ; for among the chances of death to which a traveller is exposed, that of being shot by an attendant's gun going off accidentally, ranks high. Servants should carry their guns
with the cock down on a piece of rag, that covers the cap : take it all in all, it is the best plan for them. A sportsman will
find great convenience in having a third nick cut in the tumbler of his lock, so as to give an additional low half-cock, at which the cock just clears the nipple; it will prevent the cap from falling off or receiving a blow. I have long used this plan, and find no objections to it : many pistols are furnished with this contrivance. Careless gun-makers sometimes make this catch so low, that when the cock is lifted a little back from it,' and let go, it strikes the cap by reason of the elasticity of its metal, and lets off the gun : the traveller should beware of this fault of workmanship.
As this book may fall into the hands of persons ignorant of the danger of carrying a gun with the cock down on the nipple (to which cause I find that three-fourths of gun accidents are owing, having once kept a list of those that were reported in the newspapers), I will remark that when the cock is down, a heavy blow on its back, nay, even the jar caused by the gun falling on the ground, will cause the cap to explode. Again, if the cock catch against the dress, or against
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