Chew the rag
Posted by Jason McKelvey on November 24, 2007
I heard when I was young that "chew the rag" came from black-powder rifle days when men sat around talking as they chewed the rags used for wadding a ball into the rifle. The material needed to be softened and lubricated to make starting the ball easier. I've actually done this way back when I used to shoot cap locks. Anyone else heard of this?