Half cocked?

Half cocked?

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    Half cocked?

    I've been working with my Beretta 92F, which is new to me, and I noticed the half cocked position while going through the manual. I've heard of people carrying this way, and I'm curious what the purpose is. I would think that it shortens the trigger pull slightly, but on my gun, there's hardly any difference in the trigger pull between the half cocked position and hammer down. Thoughts?
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    I know that in olden days people carried half cocked to prevent the hammer from striking the primer if weapon was dropped on revolvers.
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    The half cock notch was never intended to be a carry position, it is there to keep the hammer from falling all the way to detonate the primer, in the event your weapon's hammer hooks or sear should brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    The half cock notch was never intended to be a carry position, it is there to keep the hammer from falling all the way to detonate the primer, in the event your weapon's hammer hooks or sear should brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    The half cock notch was never intended to be a carry position, it is there to keep the hammer from falling all the way to detonate the primer, in the event your weapon's hammer hooks or sear should brake.
    Ahh....that makes sense. I guess the idea of someone carrying a gun half cocked is pretty laughable, then (unless it's a Glock).

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    I carry my HK P2000 half-cocked. That is where the hammer ends up when I decock it and that is much safer than lowering it with your thumb while pulling the trigger.
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    But the OP was asking of a Beretta 92F.
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    I have owned 2 Beretta 92's and both were basically the same as my P2000. When you decock the hammer, it falls to the half-cock position. That is how I carried both of them.
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    Odd, I've an M9 and have had several 92s and the hammer never dropped to half cock, the hammer always rest on the firing pin stop.

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    You are right. It has been about 15 years since I had mine, so my memory is probably off.
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    On the Beretta, when you decock the gun, the back of the firing pin rotates up and away from the hammer's position. That way when it drops to the plate, it hits metal and nothing else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I know that in olden days people carried half cocked to prevent the hammer from striking the primer if weapon was dropped on revolvers.
    Actually in the "olden days" the half cock was a safety. On the flintlock the half cock allows you to carry the weapon primed and ready. In the half cock position the trigger can't be pulled (if the weapon is working correctly). To fore you must pull the hammer to full cock!
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