I trip the pistol with my finger - the mag disconect should have been removed long ago. IMHO this is a safety issue that the LCMM shoudl have addressed (I was told to STFU on this issue BTW )
The problem with changing the MG drills is if you dont ensure it is cocked it (the bolt) could be caught and release when the feed cover is opened. I had that happen and a small breech explosion occured with a C6 (my fault) luckily myself, the operator and the weapon were Okay.
Ok, I'm a little confused over this. I keep hearing the term "breech explosion" and as near as I can tell, it's a holdover from the .50cal and other blowback operated weapons. The C6 and C9 firing pin cannot strike a round unless the bolt is fully locked, at which point the round is in the chamber. Once the bolt is locked and the pin strikes the round, the explosion occurs within the chamber, and since the bolt is LOCKED it cannot shoot back and release any gasses. Gas is directed forward, through the barrel, and some is redirected back through the gas mechanism. When that gas pushes on the piston, ONLY THEN is the bolt unlocked and the chamber exposed. So at no point in the entire cycle is there a chance for hot gasses and/or bits of carbon/metal to come out of the chamber.
So the point of that long winded explanation is this: where exactly is the danger? With a blowback operated weapon (eg. .50 cal) you'd get carbon and gas shooting up in your face, but theoreticaly with the C6 and C9 you should be able to fire the weapon quite safely with the feed cover open.
And sorry for going off topic, I know this doesn't really fall into the realm of ND's but it's something that's been bugging me for a long time. I'd appreciate it if anyone can enlighten me.
Also, as far as the C6 and the C9 being the only weapons where you have to increase the readiness state of the weapon during the unload....as long as your finger isn't on the thrigger, you don't have a problem
You should be treating your weapon as if it's ready to fire at all times anyway, so it should make no difference if you increase the readiness state. It all comes down to good drills, and that depends on proper training and lots of repetition/experience.