Chamber-View For Shotguns Review

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The Chamber-View is a safety flag designed for semi-automatic and pump action shotguns with a side ejection port. It is made from solid silicone and is “Hunter Orange” in color. Because of its wedge shape (with teeth to grip the inside of the action), it will fit in shotguns from .410 gauge to 12 gauge in size. I don’t know for certain, but it may also fit pump action centerfire rifles.

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Being solid silicone it is heavier than it looks and feels nice in the hand. The silicone is relatively soft so you can jam it in without worrying about damaging either the shotgun or the Chamber-View.

Its name is a misnomer. You cannot see the chamber. When the Chamber-View is inserted the bolt cannot close, nor can a round be inserted into the chamber. For most tube fed shotguns, you will be able to load or inspect the magazine. This may be an advantage or a disadvantage , or neither, depending on your point of view.

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An added (minor) advantage of having the Chamber-View inserted into the action is that it prevents dirt getting into action. Personally when in the field I carry my shotgun with the chamber empty and the bolt closed, so this is not a problem I experience.

I enjoy teaching children to shoot clays, so it is great having a device like this to ensure they cannot fire a gun when they are not supposed to (it takes children a while to understand the basic safety rules and not violate them a couple of times per minute). At $9.99, it is a very useful tool that will not break the bank.

 


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Edgar Castelo

    Make your own with Oogoo, 50% Corn starch, 50% Silicone, the smelly kind, add some colour, from a paint tube, that’s it!

    • Talbot

      That stuff is the best invention in the last 20 years.

      • Edgar Castelo

        Yup! :)

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      I have been meaning to try that myself. I an a big fan of Sugru, but it is expensive.

      • Edgar Castelo

        Go for it, Silicone and Starch are cheap as dirt, and the only thing you got to know, is it seems like the two won’t mix, but after a while, they do, and it’s as easy as play-doh, to apply them. There’s a Sugru Instructable, featured here, with 7 things to do with it, and a link to how to make it, after the Vulcan Nerf Sentry gun: http://faz-voce-mesmo.blogspot.pt/2013/07/super-brittliv-e-7-coisas-para-fazer.html

  • flyingburgers

    How does this compare to the chamber flag style devices? I imagine an advantage here is that you don’t have to keep cycling the action when using it.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      The chamber flags can fall out carrying it around. Also as Steve said it keeps crud out of the chamber.

  • gunslinger

    looks like any other chamber flag.

    why is this different?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      The stepped sides helps it fit assorted calibers and various size ejection ports. Those same steps keep it snuggly in place.

    • John Daniels

      This is not a chamber flag. It’s an ejection port plug. With a chamber flag, you know the firearm is safe and clear, because the chamber is filled with something that is NOT a cartridge. With this thing, there could still be a round in the chamber. Plugging the ejection port doesn’t necessarily mean the firearm is safe and clear.

  • Zius Patagus

    Seriously, $10 for rubber plug?

  • BryanS

    Downside.. you can still have a round in the acual chamber with this. You cant have one in the ejection port. Most flags have a stick that goes into the barrel a bit so nothing could get in the chamber.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      Yep, like I said, depending on your POV that could definitely be a downside. personally I hate putting chamber flags (or any other dirty things) into my chamber if I can possibly help it.

  • John Daniels

    This doesn’t do the one thing that a chamber flag should do; it needs to go inside the chamber so that you can tell from the outside that the chamber has something in it that is NOT a cartridge. The chamber can only hold one thing at a time, so if you know for a fact that thing is a flag, then you know the gun is safe and clear.

    You had one job, guys. One job.

  • Bob Mitchell

    Great idea. Keeps the shotgun clean and great taper design. Can use the same part for my 20 gauge and my 12 gauge. Always great to see safety products.