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Old November 21, 2012, 02:06 PM   #28
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Again, only for those who are interested:

I once had a student, after this presentation, challenge me on the uselessness of the 1947 hammer block, something like:

"Yes, but what if the rebound slide has hung up and fails to move forward, and then the gun is dropped with the hammer sitting on a loaded round?"

"And the operator doesn't notice that the hammer hasn't rebounded to its normal at rest position after the last intended shot?" I asked.

"Yes," said the student eagerly pressing his point.

"And the operator doesn't notice that the trigger hasn't moved to its forward rest position after the last intended shot?" I further asked.

"Yes, that too," rejoined the student, a little less confidently as he began the perceive the improbability of his hypothetical.

"Well, in that case, the hammer block [referring to the 1947 hammer block] isn't going to prevent the round from going off either, since the position of the hammer block is governed by the position of the rebound slide."

"Oh . . . yeah."

I actually gave him points, both for thinking enough to pose the question and in utter confidence that at the end he'd better understand the rebound slide/hammer block function than anyone else in the group.
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