Accidental discharge

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    Accidental discharge

    Out of curiosity, has anyone ever heard of an AD/ND while using a de-cocking lever?

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    Never heard of it happening, but when I De-cock my Ruger p89, it doesnt look real "safe" Seems like it might be able to fail. I've tried to "trick" it before by using varying degrees of pressure on the lever, decocking it slow and fast, and haven't been able to get it to fire yet. It's probably a proven and safe system
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    Not to my knowledge no.

    I would be surprised to hear of one actually as the blocking mechanism brought in with operation of a decocker is generally very secure - the hammer can't get near FP or with a striker fired gun like P99 - there is an over-ride action IIRC.

    Mind you - when decocking, it's rule #2 every time!
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    Is that a sound it makes? Is that like SA/DA?

    Not here.

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    I've never heard of it personally, but the instructors at Gunsite mentioned that is has happened in the past. When I used to carry in DA, I would use the decocker and only pointed into my bed (i live on the bottom floor), into the ground, or downrange.

    I believe you are correct in classifying these instances as Accidental Discharges. The gun malfunctioned in a way it should not and is mechanically broken if the decocker strikes the FP under these circumstances.
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    Never had one but I'm VERY careful when I decock my Bersa.
    It just seems so wrong.
    When the hammer falls I almost expect to hear Bang.

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    Never heard it happening with a SIG...

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    It can't happen with a SIG...let me venture to say that as far as I know it's physically not possible with a SIG if the decocker is properly used.
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    My Bersa 380 has a de-cocker system. I looked and looked till my eyes hurt to see how it worked. I was scared to death to try it the first time. I de-cocked it many times UNLOADED, to see what moved where. Now, knowing that when de-cocked, the hammer is probably 1/8" away from the pin, I have no problem using it when loaded.
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    Never heard of one. Most of them move or block the firing pin so it physically can't fire on the hammer drop.
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    Whenever I use the decocker on my Walther PPK/S, I have my strong-side thumb on the hammer when I depress the lever with my weak hand, then ease the hammer down. I have heard of metal fatigue causing the mechanism to crack and fail under repeated "hammerings," and I want neither an AD nor a repair bill.

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    Decockers scare me, but I have never seen one malfunction. When I owned pistols with them I used them as intended, waiting for one to fail, and it never happened. I suppose they're safe... but they still scare me.
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    I have a Sig P228 and it never happened to me. But I always have it pointed in a safe direction anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperKnight View Post
    Never heard of one. Most of them move or block the firing pin so it physically can't fire on the hammer drop.
    You are right; however I still let the hammer down easy even when using the decocker

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    My Beretta 9000S...

    in 9mm, has a decocker. If you research the design, the use of the decocker does not allow the firing pin to hit anything...I still follow rules # 1-4...always...

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