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Manufacturing Services Chamber Flag Review

Feb 28, 2024 | Reviews

We started incorporating the chamber flag into our Kids Firearm Safety 2 classes in 2020 due to a range requirement. Once the range prompted us, we did a quick Google search on companies that manufactured chamber flags. Our search led us to Manufacturing Services Inc. based in the midwest. I reached out to check on the possibility of some custom-made Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation branded chamber flags especially made for our gun safety classes for children. It was something that they did, so they obliged my request. I purchased my first 300 to get us started and to see how they worked out for us. The rest is history. What originally started as a range requirement quickly turned into a really good idea for us.

What makes these chamber flags great is that they are an  American-made product. The customer service is first rate and the turnaround for production is only a matter of days. They are high-visibility yellow and feature the KSF logo. When used properly the chamber flag does a few things. The first is that it slips into the chamber and prevents the action from being closed. It prevents a round from being loaded into the chamber. Once the chamber flag is inserted it can be used to verify that there is not a squib load stuck in the chamber. If you aren’t sure what a squib load is, a squib load is an underpowered round. This isn’t a common type of malfunction, but it does happen. Typically what will happen is that the round will go off and the projectile will not make it down the barrel. Often you can catch the projectile in the chamber when the chamber flag is properly inserted. One of the best reasons for us to use the chamber flag is when the range is “cold” after every child has visibly inspected their chambers. Every child inserts their chamber flag and we can look down the firing line. We will instantly know the condition of every rifle and that it is “clear.” This is a big safety reason for us and why we encourage the use of chamber flags with young or new shooters.

We started to do something special with every chamber flag. When a kid joins us for any live fire type class that we offer. At the beginning of class, we discuss our expectations of the children that are in attendance. They have to know the condition of that rifle at all times. They have to treat that rifle with respect. This creates ownership of the process and this is a part of instilling a sense of responsibility. Children handling guns can be dangerous, but we take all necessary precautions to mitigate every risk associated. This has come through the thousands of hours put into the development that has given us this professional experience. I would argue that we are one of the best organizations in the country when it comes to gun safety for kids. It is an honor to be in this position. At the end of the class, the children turn in the rifles, that were theirs for the previous 2 hours. As we take possession of the rifle, we take the chamber flag out and hand it to the child. This is a token gesture for us and it gives the child something tangible that they can take away from the class. This will also give them something to remember our time together spent on the range. This also gives them a chamber flag that they can use some other time when they go shooting with their families. It is a win-win for us all. It does get pricey for us but we have made it part of our budget, so it is all good. You can find out more information about their products on their website.

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