Is it just me, or does decocking a chambered gun make you nervous?

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    Is it just me, or does decocking a chambered gun make you nervous?

    like it's going to accidentally go off.

    ever hear of this happening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdBro View Post
    like it's going to accidentally go off.

    ever hear of this happening?
    De-cockers don't make me nervous at all. Dropping the hammer on a single-action with a grip safety, otoh, is something I never do.
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    Does not make me nervous. All the guns I've used that have a de-cocking mechanism employ a hammer block simultaneously - there is no way it could fire.

    Doing it by hand with your thumb? Dumb plan. There is no reason to carry a gun hammer down on a loaded chamber unless that gun is designed with a de-cocker.

    I have heard of guns "going off" as you put it - when the thumb slips off the hammer while the trigger is being pulled. That is what we call a Negligent Discharge, i.e. shooting the gun at the wrong time.

    What kind of gun are you referring to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdBro View Post
    like it's going to accidentally go off.

    ever hear of this happening?
    I can't say it makes me nervous, nevertheless I always point the gun in a safe direction when doing so.
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    Just keep it pointed in a safe direction, but this should be done with all firearms.

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    There are safe ways to decock a firearm, even a single action revolver. Decocking levers are mechanical devices and can fail,just like safties. If you follow the safety rules(always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction) you should be ok. I have never heard of a gun with a decocker going off when decocked but that doesn't mean it can't happen. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and safety. There are no mulligans with an AD.
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    I keep the weapon pointed in a safe direction when de-cocking.
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    My one and only negligent discharge was while uncocking my .30-30. I will still uncock a hammer, I'm a lot more cautious while doing so. Decockers are no issue.
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    Always makes me nervous to use the decocker on my Valter P99. Don't know why.
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    My Sig P232 SA/DA has a decocker. I've never heard of a problem with them but I always point the gun in a safe direction (most likely the ground) when decocking. As already mentioned, any mechanical device can fail.
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    I ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, ALWAYS!

    Not nervous about it, just cautious.

    Be safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exacto View Post
    ... There are no mulligans with an AD.
    I don't really mean to be picky, but I think you mean Negligent Discharge.
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    it makes me nervous. But that is because I have a 1911 and thus no decocker. So I've only done it while shooting someone else's gun and doing it feels unnatural. I'd never decock my 1911 while loaded. I likes my thumb!

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    I've decocked my Sig P225 with a round chambered hundreds of times. Not the least bit concerned about it.

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    Yeah I used to carry one and honestly I never loved that slap of the de-cocker, even though I know they are safe.
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