I am a firm believer that if your weapon is on the bench or a shooting stand or what have you... That it be locked and cleared. It is a saftey thing for me. I like to see chambers open if I am going to check targets.
I use my charging handle to lock back the bolt on my 995 all the time, for all of the above posted reasons. If you don't constantly keep your safety precautions fresh in your mind, and in practice 100% of the time, you run the risk of becoming complacent. When you become complacent, that's when you get AD's. Never let yourself get lazy.
I almost never use it on mine. I don't go the range, just the friends ranch, and if the firearm is in hand it is being shot. If it isn't in hand, it is set aside safely and cleared, mag and everything pulled.
I suppose I would use it more just to get into the habit if it wasn't such a pain in the ass on the 995. It wasn't designed very well IMO. I just have problems with getting it to stay in place.
Well I appreciate everybody's input...as for me, when Im done using it, I drop the mag, pull back the slide and check the chamber, then close it again...the only time I ever lock it open is when I drop the boresnake through at the end of the day...
Try pulling it further back and "slingshot" it forward. Also check to make sure it is not in the "locked" position, the charging handle slips in towards the bolt and into the locking notches on the receiver.