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mec
January 10, 2010, 02:02 PM
Many users carry these chamber- empty because of mistrust of striker fired pistols. Is there any set of circumstances, parts failure ( sear spring??) that would cause one of these to spontaneously discharge a chambered cartridge?

Bill DeShivs
January 10, 2010, 05:59 PM
No. The Browning is a quality gun. There is no need to carry it chamber empty-as long as it is properly carried (nothing else in the pocket, or in a pocket holster.)
Quality striker-fired pistols are as safe as any other quality gun. The Internet sure can amplify a myth!

mec
January 10, 2010, 06:26 PM
Thanks.
Those are some outstanding looking knives.

Bill DeShivs
January 10, 2010, 07:08 PM
Thank YOU!

James K
January 11, 2010, 04:33 PM
There is some truth behind that "myth." Most older type striker fired pistols have no safety device to prevent firing if the striker drops without the shooter's finger on the trigger*. And some of those guns have a bad habit of cracking the striker cocking lug, leaving it ready to break off.

For example, if the left firing pin lug in an Ortgies broke, the gun would fire without anyone touching the trigger. (The firing pin has two lugs, but the sear engages only the left one.) I have never seen it happen, but there have been credible reports of it happening.

I have never heard of a Baby Browning or any of the Browning/Colt striker fired pistols having that problem, though. When dry fired, they tend to break at the point, not at the cocking lugs. The result is often failure to eject, not accidental firing.

*The Glock and similar modern pistols do have such a device.

Jim