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Old March 17, 2000, 01:05 AM   #9
James K
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Join Date: March 17, 1999
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Just a note on some of the misunderstanding of that safety and what it does. Contrary to what some have written on this site, it does not prevent the firing pin from going forward if the gun drops on the hammer when the hammer is down.

It can prevent firing if the hammer is cocked and the thumb safety off, and the hammer is struck hard enough, by dropping or otherwise, to break the sear or sear notches.

But it mainly keeps the gun from firing if it is dropped on the muzzle, when the firing pin can come forward from inertia and fire a chambered cartridge.

In short, it is not useless and I see no reason to remove it. If you remove a safety and someone (a child, perhaps) is killed with that gun, you are in deep, even if the safety that you removed had nothing to do with the gun firing.

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