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Old January 17, 2013, 12:38 AM   #60
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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The guns that switched did so because the CA testing was much more stringent that a simple drop test from a few feet. IIRC the gun is placed in an arm that slams it down on a steel plate, equivalent to being dropped from a three story building.

Yes, the Swartz safety pre-dates the FLGR, but it was never installed on military contract pistols and was dropped after WWII because it was considered unnecessary. It is my understanding, which may be wrong, that the Swartz safety was not to prevent firing pin creep if the gun was dropped on the muzzle, but to prevent accidental firing if a cocked or half-cocked gun was dropped on the hammer hard enough to break out the hammer notches and drive the hammer onto the firing pin.

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